7 clever ways you can look after your property11 October 2016
It's a good idea to set aside a regular time during the year to inspect your property thoroughly. If you need to make repairs, always use the right equipment if doing the work yourself or, if it's a big job, hire a professional. This not only keeps them in tiptop condition but also helps meet the conditions of your policy.
Our home experts know their stuff, and have shared seven clever ways that you can look after your property.
- Wish list – as we come into summer, make a list of the things you'd like to do around the house. This list may cover you for the next 12 months, and it may be that you need to prioritise it, or save up for it. At the end of the 12 months reassess the list to see if you still need the work done. It's always beneficial to have an emergency fund should the unexpected happen, which hasn't made it to your list.
- No time to waste – If something is broken or damaged then get it repaired as soon as you can before the problem escalates and the solution becomes more costly.
- Roof and gutter care – while the weather is still warm get your roof checked out, clear gutters, and make any necessary repairs that could cause severe damage in the future - and potentially cost a small fortune. Keeping your roof clean and waterproof needn't cost a fortune either; check out the daily online deals for roof treatments like accredited roof coatings and pressure washing solutions.
- Home electrics W.o.F. – it's a good idea, especially if you live in an older home, to get a warrant of fitness for the wiring of your home on a regular basis to ensure everything is still functioning correctly, and there's no chance of it being a fire hazard.
- Annual chimney sweeps – if you use a fireplace to keep you warm in winter, it's a good idea to sweep your chimney regularly. Chimneys can become dirty from a reaction between burning wood and the amount of oxygen in the chimney. Birds can also leave nests in there. If you use your fireplace in the autumn, winter and start of spring, then a convenient time to sweep your chimney might be at the start of each autumn, or before your first fire. Sweeping your chimney, before you start using it each year, will help prevent it from being a fire hazard.
- There's a general water emergency - it's good to know where your water mains actually are before an emergency strikes, so if you don't know go have a little look now. The meter number is on your water rates bill as well as on the actual meter, so make sure these match up. Otherwise you could be turning off someone else's mains while your leak is spreading.
- Your hot water cylinder is getting old - cylinders should last 10-20 years but if they fail they can do a lot of expensive damage. If you have just moved into a house or you have lived in your house for ages, it's worth finding out how old it is and getting it checked out by a plumber if it's past the 10 year mark.
- There's a leaking pipe – well, don't just stand there! If a pipe suddenly bursts turn on the shower full blast as well as the kitchen tap. This may reduce pressure in the system and should turn a gushing spray into a dribble to reduce the impact or resulting damage. It also gives you a bit of time to go out and turn off the mains if you need to, and contact a plumber.
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