Owning a home is great, but there is always the worry that something could go wrong and it’s no longer the responsibility of the landlord to fix it. Being a homeowner for the first time can certainly be exciting, but it’s a daunting prospect. However, there are plenty of ways that you can keep your home protected, no matter the season.
If you take these precautions then at least you can have peace of mind in knowing you did all you could to prevent it. So here is a handy guide to protecting your home.
Each season is different and brings a variety of potential problems with it, so let’s break it down by season.
Winter damage is sometimes unavoidable, no matter what precautions you put in place, but that’s still always better than doing nothing at all. So when the cold months hit, be sure to check out this to-do list:
Keep Central Heating On Intermittently
We all love sticking the heating on, and it can truly be a blessing when it’s the peak of winter, and you can see your breath in the air, indoors. However, keeping your central heating on constantly can rocket your energy bills, and for some people, that’s not possible financially. So, time your central heating to come on intermittently throughout the day. This will avoid any pipes from freezing over and if timed correctly, will make getting out of bed much easier. There are plenty of boiler models that offer this, but for ones that don’t, there’s plenty of smart meters that can be installed to help schedule your heating to turn off and on. These can also save you a lot of money on bills in the long run as it learns your routine and adapts the temperature at a lower level to save money.
While on the subject of pipes freezing over, you should insulate the pipes to give them that extra protection from the cold. Once they freeze, they become much more of a problem for your heating and water systems.
Have The Boiler Serviced
During the warmer months, the boiler will hardly get used. However, you should use this as an opportunity to get your boiler serviced. This should be done annually, especially when you have no guarantee on it. Then, should the boiler need fixing, it will hopefully be done faster because over the colder months, engineers are likely to be in more demand and therefore waiting times to be seen will be longer.
Insulate Walls, Flooring And Roof
Insulation is hugely beneficial for your home because it keeps in heat that’s either be generated by your own body or by the central heating. It can also be more eco-friendly as you’ll be using less energy to keep your home warm. Insulation doesn’t need to cost the earth, so depending on your requirements, do your research to find the right materials that are financially affordable for you.
Seal Off Holes In The Home
Having gaps, cracks or holes in your property will only leave you vulnerable to further damage, and the last thing you want is making yourself vulnerable to storm damage. So do regular checks around the property both inside and out to make sure that you don’t have any cracks in the structure of your property.
Fit In Thick Curtains Or Thermal Blinds
To keep your home warm, fitting in thick curtains or thermal blinds can help stop that cold air coming through from your windows to your living space. An extra layer of protection is certainly going to make the difference in the temperature so if you can afford it, then replace or add on the right type of curtains or blinds.
Summer is an opportunity to get out into the sunshine, but you should also be doing a few duties over the warmer months to ensure everything is still looked after.
Keep Your Garden Space Maintained
If the sun is shining, then it’s a great time to relax in your outdoor space, but you should keep your garden maintained. Over the colder months of the year, your outdoor furniture might have become worn, and some might have even broken and therefore become a bit of a hazard in themselves. Replace anything that needs throwing out and keep everything clean, trimmed back and neat. Make sure to fill any cracks in outdoor tiling or paving as this can often be a tripping hazard on the unsuspecting.
Increase Security In Your Home
A lot of us tend to take vacation time over the summer, so it’s important you ramp up your home security when you’re away. Installing better locks on your doors and windows if necessary is one way of keeping theft at bay. Also, you may want to consider installing some sort of CCTV or monitoring system that enables you to check in on your home while you’re away. There’s plenty now that have apps which comes with the software so that it can be easily linked up on your phone for on the go.
Check Your Ventilation
Whether it’s the ventilation in your bathroom, kitchen or cleaning out the filter in your AC unit, making sure your home is well ventilated is definitely going to help keep your home feeling cool but also making sure that the air you’re breathing in is a lot cleaner too. Be sure to regularly check your ventilation, particularly when it gets hotter to make sure the air in your home is going in and out. When it comes to your AC, it can also get clogged up on occasion, so it’s a good idea to pay particular attention to your units, making sure they are serviced often.
Spring & Autumn
Spring and autumn are both fairly similar as they are the in-betweens of summer and winter. There are a few crossovers that you can do in these seasons from summer and winter but here are a few extra.
Clean Your Gutters
With lots of leaves falling and debris getting blown into your home’s path, all this can clog up in the gutters, and that can end up causing all manner of problems. So it’s important to go round all the gutters on your property to make sure all the water is flowing through without trouble. Clogged gutters can lead to flooding which can seriously damage the structure and integrity of the property. You’ll also want to check the pipes go up and along, underneath the roof. This can also be a home for debris and also nesting birds which although adorable, can also result in blockages.
Consider Coating Your Home
The right type of wall coating used to cover your home on the outside can actually protect your home from certain weather damage. This can be professionally done or done yourself with a bit of research. It acts as a breathable skin that is completely rain resistant and will last for twenty years. It’s also guaranteed not to crack or flake away as general paint does. So it’s worth considering especially during these times of the year when you probably have the time and/or money to be able to do it.
Looking after your home is hard work, but it’s worth the effort especially if you later want to sell it. Keeping it in top condition, whatever its condition was to start with, is always going to benefit you. So keep note of these tips and start applying them to your own home, whatever the season.