Winter weather can cause damage to your home and garden. If left unchecked this can turn into a costly repair bill. Follow our simple spring guide and check your home and garden for warning signs.
- Make sure your electrical appliances are all in working order. This is not limited to spring and should be checked on a regular basis. Visual check cables, plugs and sockets. Make sure your outlets are not overloaded and that leads and cables are not under rugs and carpets. If in any doubt, call a qualified electrician. Read these 51 tips for finding an electrician or electrical company.
- Check windows and sills for cracks, leaks and condensation. Replace sealant if necessary. Clean your windows inside and out to remove excess moisture and debris.
- Open all the windows in the house to let in fresh air and go from room to room decluttering and tidying. Move furniture to access hard-to-reach areas. Pay attention to any cracks in walls and ceilings and any signs of damp.
- Deep clean each room of your home from ceiling to flooring. Avoid harsh chemicals and opt for natural spring cleaning products. Alternatively, invest in a multi-purpose steam mop.
Check all kitchen appliances are in good working order. Remove the refrigerator and clean in the space behind. Remove any dust and grime that has built up. Do the same with the washing machine. Check your manual for how to run a cleansing wash.
Remove everything from shelves and cupboards to clean the whole area.
In the bathroom pay attention to drains and shower units, removing any debris that has built up. Check that the fan is in good working order and that there is no accumulation of moisture. Deal with signs of damp or mildew.
- Check lofts and basements for leaks, signs of damp and any other damage.
- Walk around the outside of your home and look for any obvious indications of wear and tear. Include your garden and the perimeter area.
- Check the outside walls of your home. You’re looking for cracks, chips and problems with fascias. Assess whether any areas need a lick of paint, varnish or treatment. Stains on the wall could indicate leaks in pipes or the guttering.
- Take a look at pipes and drains for cracks and breakage. If leaves and other debris have accumulated in grids and drains, then clear them away. Check wall areas near to drainpipes for water stains.
- Dig out your binoculars and take a look at the roof. Check for missing slates and tiles. Does the chimney look in good working order? Are there any outward signs of damage such as cracks or leaning? Vegetation growing out of your chimney could be a sign of water damage. Is there any visible sign of a blockage in the gutters? If you notice any problems with your roof, call out a professional.
- Check fencing for holes and general wear and tear. When was the last time you treated and varnished the wood? Assess whether this needs to be repeated.
These are a few of the areas to check after the winter. It is not a comprehensive list, and it should be completed alongside your regular home maintenance checks. Addressing issues now is likely to save you the expense of a large repair bill later in the year.