Autumn house tips

Check for drafts.
Feel for drafts around the edges of windows and doors and, if necessary, replace seals and repair sealant around window and door frames.

Check the roof.
You should be able to get a good visual check of the roof from the ground and you can use binoculars to get a closer look or, if you have the right equipment and it’s safe to do so, climb up to inspect it. Look for missing, damaged, or loose tiles and, if your roof is flat, you may need to remove leaves and debris.

Clean the gutters.
Check for and remove leaves, nests, and debris from gutters and check for leaks.

Service the boiler
Now is the perfect time to check your boilers and make sure everything will run smoothly this autumn when the temperatures drop. Regular boiler inspections not only ensure everything’s in working order it can also help keep your energy costs down, saving you money as well.

Hang Heavy Curtains
New curtains will not only give your rooms a fresh look but heavy curtains will help to retain heat, reducing your energy consumption and heating bills. Just remember to keep them open on sunny days!

Test home safety devices.
Replace the batteries in all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide devices and test them regularly to make sure they’re working properly.

Check the chimney and fireplace
If you have a wood fireplace and chimney then now’s the time to get it properly cleaned by a professional, which not only keeps your chimney safe it will also make it nicer for a certain someone to come down if you’ve been a good girl or boy this year!