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Is Your Home Winter Ready? – Preparing Your Home For The Cold Weather


Preparing your home for winter weather

Is Your Home Winter Ready? – Preparing Your Home For The Cold Weather

Happy New Year

First of all, Happy New Year! It never fails to amaze me how quickly we all get back to normal after the last strand of tinsel has been packed away. Yet here we are, January already and soon the shops will be full of Valentines cards, hearts and roses! However, we still have a month or so of Winter weather to endure, as I have been reminded many mornings recently when scraping the car windows.

Exterior Winter Preparation

Unclog Guttering and Drains

Gutters or drains still full of mucky Autumn leaves? Whether you use the opportunity to replace your guttering completely or just get them unclogged, if you’re not a fan of heights or ladders our local trusted traders can help. See our Guttering Services or Gutter Cleaners.

If your drains are causing you the problem you may need a professional Drainage Specialist to get right in and clear that our for you. They’re fully equipped to deal with any kind of blockage and will sort it out for you quickly and efficiently. If, however, you wish to tackle the problem yourself make sure you do some research first, wear protective clothing and invest in the correct equipment.

Outdoor furniture with yellow and pink flowers

Protect Outdoor Furniture

Although labelled ‘outdoor furniture’ this doesn’t make it invincible to the winter weather. Don’t take the risk and leave it out, if you have the space store it away! Don’t have anywhere you can store your outdoor furniture? Do a little research online to find protective sprays etc that can help protect from the bad weather. Then when Spring arrives and you are setting your garden back up for summer your outdoor furniture will be good as new!

Repair Misted Double Glazing

Misted up double glazing is both unsightly and annoying. Unfortunately, it’s also a warning sign that your windows are probably not sealed and insulated correctly. For expert advice give our professional Double Glazing Repair Companies a call. For information and advice on condensation and damp proofing see our Winter Home Maintenance blog.Rain on roof

Get Your Roof Winter-Ready

We all know what British weather entails and it’s hard to know when you might need a roof replacement. Signs of water damage can be easily mistaken for something else so always check your roof. Don’t wait for further damage because doing so could be costly. Also look out for mould and moss growth which could also lead to future water damage. If in doubt contact one of our friendly Roofers!

Cracks in driveway

Fix Driveway Cracks

This is one of those jobs we put off in the hope that the driveway will endure the winter weather without any issues. It is also one of those jobs you will be wishing you had done if the driveway doesn’t last the winter. Simple driveway repairs are much easier and cheaper than having to replace a driveway altogether! You could get some filler and try your hand at a bit of DIY to save some pennies. If not then most of our local reliable Driveway Specialists offer driveway maintenance and would be happy to help!

Drain Outdoor Taps

To prevent burst pipes due to frozen water make sure to drain and disconnect all outside taps, forget and you may be in with a hefty bill when you need to get your pipes replaced! If you’re unsure how to do this  you can find tutorials and guides online.

Interior Winter Preparation

Safety First

Alarm repair man illustration

So the outside is now ready for winter. The first thing to do when checking the inside of your home is to make a point to check all of your safety devices and ensure that they are working efficiently. Check fire extinguisher expiry dates and replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, with all the extra electricity and heating we use at this time of year it is better to be safe than sorry.

Sadly at this time of year another safety measure to consider is Burglar Alarms and CCTV, more break-ins tend to happen before and after Christmas time so protect you family and have a professional install your home security.

Get Your Boiler Serviced

You may have been lucky enough to have avoided any boiler issues so far this winter. But with warnings of severe cold threatening to make us take shelter by the fire, it might be a good idea to get your boiler serviced just to be sure. It’s always best to get it checked over by a Qualified Gas Safe Engineer rather than tackle it yourself. Gas Fires, Central Heating Boilers and Systems should be serviced annually. It is much better to be prepared than to wait for a nasty expensive shock! Be sure to use one of our vetted and recommended engineers in our Gas Services and Central Heating categories.

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  ” I decided it was time you had a proper boiler Mother!”

Alternatively, the thought of a log burning stove on cold winter nights does sound very appealing. From traditional hearths to modern aesthetics, 2nd City Gas Plumbing and Heating have plenty to offer and are vetted by Quick Find.

Recover From Christmas Guests

Cleaner vacuuming the floor

Did you host this Christmas? Did some of the relatives neglect to remove their shoes on your carpets? Or do you simply want your house sparkling clean for the arrival of Spring? You could get your scruffs on, stock up on cleaning products and get stuck in; but who has the energy for that at this time of year!? Why not treat yourself and book a one off professional clean using one of our recommended Cleaners.

Don’t forget about your carpets too! Our local trusted Carpet Cleaners will happily get your carpets and upholstery as good as new.

Keep Your House Warm And Cosy

Everyone loves a picture perfect setting, the whole family gathered by the fireplace, protected from the harsh weather outside. Contact our traders for more information on Fireplace Installations and Repairs and Chimney Sweeps.

How can Quick Find help?

Checked and vetted Birmingham trusted traders

If you need a professional, make sure the businesses you use are qualified, trustworthy and registered with relevant trade bodies. Quick Find can help you find many or all of the trades people you need including carpenters, tilers, flooring services, double glazing, plasterers, painters and decorators and many more.

All of our traders must pass a certain criteria to advertise with us, so you can rest assured you will receive professional, quality service. Alternatively, if you are looking for someone to take on a complete renovation, take a look at our vetted and approved builders or our home improvements teams.

Read more about our vetting process or search now via the homepage; it’s as simple as selecting the type of business you are looking for and your area, and we will provide you with trusted and recommended traders local to you.

If you’re not used to hiring trades people and are not sure what you should be asking, take a look at our previous blog: ‘Looking for local trusted traders? Here are our top questions to ask when getting a quote’. Now you should be feeling confident to get out there and get some quotes, good luck!

 


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2nd January 2019