This time of year, with shorter, colder days and longer, colder nights, it can be easy to take your home for granted. Gardens can look like a neglected sea of mud. But our houses and gardens are usually our biggest assets and it does pay to look after them. Even if you are not planning on moving for the foreseeable future, maintaining your property now should pay dividends when the time does come for your next move.
This time of year can actually be the best time of year to tackle those jobs you have been putting off, so that when the Spring weather comes you are ready to enjoy it.
Here are some of our top tips to show your home some love this month:
Let it breathe
Ventilation is a big issue in many houses. Particularly during the colder winter days the last thing you want to do is open a window and let all that lovely heat escape. But houses need to breathe. Opening windows or trickle vents even just for a short period each day can allow moisture to escape and reduce the risk of any mould or damp.
Let it flow
Clear out gutters to ensure water can run freely. During autumn and winter they can get blocked with leaves and twigs. But any blockages run the risk of water sitting next to roof tiles and leading to leaks or gutters breaking. Clear them out yourself or ask a company who can come and do it for you. Some window cleaners offer it as an extra service which they can do at the same time.
Don’t let it slip
Check your roof for any slipped tiles or appearance of damage. Winds and rain in winter can cause loose tiles to move. Getting them repaired not only looks better but ensures your roof is water tight and your home is protected.
Tidy, Tidy, Tidy
Tidy up gardens and repair any fences. Of course now isn’t the time for planting and it can seem too early to be out in the garden. But tidying up and ensuring fences are in order can make a big difference in a short space of time. It also means that you can be ready to start planting and enjoy your outside space once the warmer weather arrives. Maintaining boundaries is a vital part of looking after your property – especially when it comes to the sale of your home. If a boundary that needs repairing isn’t yours, start discussions with the owner early and don’t just leave it. When you do come to sell your home it might cause more of a problem than you think.
Time for a Spring clean
Yes it isn’t quite Spring yet. But if the weather leaves you stuck inside then why not take the opportunity to tackle some of those jobs like cleaning carpets and curtains or daring to look behind the sofa. With those out of the way you can make the most of the better weather when it comes.
Spring is still traditionally one of the busiest times on the property market so if you feel you are ready to show a new property some love then please give us a call on 01252 819725 or email us at email@example.com. We would be happy to give you a free, no obligation valuation of your home. At Check 4 Houses our local team has all the knowledge of a traditional high street agent, but at the cost of an online agent. We can sell your property from as little as £599 or 0.5% + VAT. This could save you thousands when compared to standard agency fees, giving you more to lavish on your new home.