You might love doing a bit of DIY around the house at the best of times, but winter brings a wide array of additional problems. Maybe you’re panicking now the cold weather is setting in, but you don’t have to get yourself in a flustered state. Collect yourself, and take our advice on board. Your home will be safe, warm and well-maintained this winter season if you simply start preparing today and implement things step by step around your house.
How should one prepare for the ever-approaching winds of winter? Well, perhaps that’s the wrong question, because winter is already here. Still, how should one attempt to avoid panicking now that winter is here?
Start with the roof
Let’s work our way down. The roof is the most important part of the house in many ways, especially when it comes to weathering. Any weak spots or breaches can put your entire house in disarray. Cold, damp, and even bat or bird infestations could make for a very unpleasant start into the new year.
How can you make your roof more efficient? Personally, I found shutter gutters to be a lifesaver. It helps filter out dirty rainwater, keeping your gutters clean and, most importantly, keeping horrible odours away from your attic or the upper floor of your house. Maintenance isn’t always about the security of your house; sometimes it’s about how pleasant your house is to simply live in.
Ensure your heating is fully functional
This one needs no real explanation. It’s winter, and it’s cold outside. Warm blankets can only take you so far, and fires are both expensive and environmentally damaging. Try to take the financially viable and safer route this winter, because temperatures below freezing can be extremely threatening to the health of you or your family, though it’s easy to feel safe within your own home. The young and the elderly are especially susceptible during winter, so don’t cut corners when it comes to your heating.
You can check the heating yourself if you know what you’re doing, but it’s best to get an inspection of your boiler. Most importantly, if the worst comes to the worst and your boiler breaks, or something else goes wrong in the house, you might have to consider putting your heating repair in the hands of a professional.
DIY isn’t always the solution when it comes to ensuring the safety of you, your friends or your family. Sometimes you have to ensure the job is done properly, so that your heating won’t break on a freezing cold night, leaving you with no last-minute options. Prepare for the winter season early when it comes to heating, because you don’t want to be caught out.
Perform your own inspection
Home repairs are always a nuisance, whether you’re performing them by yourself or enlisting the help of a professional. However, this is only exacerbated around winter time, because the effects of nature can be even more brutal on both manmade structures and the people within them. That’s why it’s more vital than ever to perform thorough checks of your house sooner rather than later.
Check the walls of your house, because weak spots can lead to damp, which can lead to a very cold winter. Ensure there’s no moss growth, no water leakage, and redo the paintwork on the inside of your house to keep doors and walls protected from the damp and the cold.
If you want something done, do it yourself; other wise it’ll never get done. Learn to do it if you don’t know and never despair until you finish what has to be done.