1. Clear the gutters and drains
You should regularly clear out the drains and guttering throughout the year, but it is especially important in the winter when they tend to clog up with leaves, plants and other debris. It is a good idea to check that the junctions of the gutters are watertight too.
2. Check the roof
If you can’t see the roof from the ground or don’t wish to climb a ladder, then it may be a good idea to arrange for a professional to inspect the roof for you. Cracked or missing tiles can let rain into the roof itself, which can cause damp, mould and even rot.
3. Bleed the radiators
If your radiators have been idle over the summer, then they may need bleeding in the winter to release trapped air, especially if they feel colder at the top than the bottom.
It’s a relatively straightforward job – all you need is the key and a towel – but it will improve the efficiency of the property’s heating.
4. Fully insulate your property
Good insulation can help cut energy bills by reducing heat loss from the property.
The best place to start is the loft as you can lose up to a quarter of the heat through the roof if the loft is not properly insulated.
If it’s suitable for your property, then you may wish to consider cavity wall insulation, and don’t forget to insulate the water tank and lag the pipes also.
5. Check windows and doors
Doors and windows can let in cold air and rain water if they are in a poor state of repair. It therefore makes economic sense to carry out minor repairs now, or pay more in the long run!
Also check the woodwork outside for rot and damage, and don’t neglect the upper floors too.
6. Service the boiler
Be proactive and service your boiler before the cold weather really sets in, this will help prevent an emergency when the temperature dips below freezing.
You should service the boiler at least once a year as this may be a condition of your insurance cover. The service should always be carried out by a registered Gas Safe engineer.
7. Don’t neglect the chimney
Chimney fires are common around this time of year and can be costly and dangerous. Before you or your tenants light the first fire of the year, you should employ a professional to sweep the chimney.
If no one intends to use the fire, consider using a chimney balloon to prevent hot air escaping upwards and cold air sweeping down into the living room.
8. Make sure it’s fully insured!
Now is also a good time to check your insurance cover to avoid being potentially left exposed in an emergency situation.
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