Published: December 2019
Author: Bank of England Mortgage Staff
Clean Gutters and Downspouts.
It is not a fun job but a job that needs to be done, especially since all the trees just shed their leaves. Cleaning out your gutters and downspouts are key in keeping your house protected from wood rot and siding failure. It is an easy task that will keep your house in good condition for years to come. A simple google will give you all the details on how to get the task done.
Check the weather seals around doors and windows.
Your house can leak precious heat during the winter if you have not properly sealed around your doors and windows. They may be shut but they are leaking air in and out of your home, racking up your energy bill. Avoid the extra cost by keeping your house sealed with weather strips. If you already have them make sure they are up to date, they are only meant to last for 1 to 2 years.
Insulate exposed water pipes.
If you are in a climate that will get below freezing you need to make sure your water pipes are well insulated. Pipe bursts can be devastating to a home. Water can ruin everything in your home and the drying process is long and expensive. It is as easy as wrapping the pipe in insulation that can save you thousands.
Only you can prevent house fires.
The leading causes of house fires are cooking, heating, electrical equipment and candles. All of these things are at their height of use during the holiday season. To prevent these fires stay with food when cooking, keep heaters and candles away from flammable objects, check everything plugged into an electrical outlet for damage and do not overload outlets. But if the worst was to happen, check that your fire alarm is in working condition.