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Winter Home Maintenance Tips – Preparing Your Home For Spring


Winter Home Maintenance To Do List

Winter Home Maintenance To Do List – Preparing Your Home For Spring

I thought it might be handy to write a winter home maintenance blog to help keep you busy and prepare you for the arrival of Spring! While we’re waiting for the lighter nights to return, it’s a good time to take stock and think about the year ahead. Perhaps consider any plans you may have for home and garden maintenance… it’s never too early!

Exterior Winter Home Maintenance

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While there is still frost outside the last thing on your mind will be getting your hands dirty in the garden. However, if you’re planning to have help of a gardener you will need to call them now to secure dates. Come Spring you will find that most gardeners and landscapers will, most likely, be fully booked right through to Autumn. So don’t leave it too late to call! If you’re looking for a local reputable business take a look at our gardeners, landscapers and tree surgeons. All of whom have been vetted and recommended by the Quick Find team.

Submit Building Plans

Thinking of extending or renovating in the Spring or Summer? Then now is the perfect time to get planning! People often forget that the planning process takes a while in itself, which can straight away lead to projects running behind schedule. Planning is exciting too so what better way to treat those January blues than dreaming up your perfect house!

When you have an idea of what you would like, get in touch with an architect. An architect will draw up building plans and submit them for planning permission. Once the plans have been submitted it can take up to 13 weeks to be approved. As soon as plans are approved you can start looking for trades people to get some quotes. It is wise to call a few businesses and get a handful of quotes. Don’t forget to ask to see some of their previous work. You can then make comparisons and choose a business that is most suited to you and what you’re looking for. Find local architects in my area.

Many trades are busy and are booked up months in advance, so don’t delay in calling to get booked in!

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.

Interior Winter Home Maintenance

Keep Condensation To A Minimum

During the winter months condensation is an increasingly common problem in homes. This is because there is excess water vapour in the air that cannot escape. The reason why this is worse in winter can be due to lack of ventilation, inadequate heating and poor insulation.Condensation on glass window

Condensation can lead to unsightly mould patches, and can rot or damage surfaces or structures, which isn’t cheap to repair. As well as damaging our homes, condensation and damp can both contribute to respiratory health problems.

Follow our tips to keep condensation to a minimum and prevent damp:

  • Reduce moisture – You can do this by opening a window or using an extractor fan when cooking, boiling the kettle, showering and bathing. Keep kitchen and bathroom doors shut to prevent moisture escaping into other rooms too.
  • Ventilate your home – If you don’t have extractor fans or air vents, make a point to open a window every now and again. It’s does good to let your home breathe.
  • Allow air to circulate – Move large furniture away from walls a little and open cupboards and wardrobes to help air circulate. This gets air flowing to areas where the air would otherwise remain stagnant.
  • Dry clothes appropriately – Dry clothes outdoors when possible or if you have a tumble dryer make sure it is vented to the outside. Drying clothes on radiators adds quite a lot of moisture to the air. However, if you do need to do this then open a window and ventilate the room well.
  • Insulation – Good insulation can prevent damp from coming into the house from the outside. Double glazing, damp proofing and loft insulation can all significantly improve your homes insulation. For more advice on double glazing contact one of our local double glazing companies. They will be happy to advise you.
  • Keep your home heated – It is best advised to keep the temperature of your home as consistent as possible, rather than letting the heat fluctuate. Thermostats can be beneficial to keep temperatures from dipping too low. Don’t have a thermostat? Keep your heating on constant at a low heat rather than having in on full blast for shorter bursts.

Watch Out For Damp

During the winter months keep an eye out for damp patches, mould spots, patches or spores. There are two types of damp to look out for: rising damp and penetrating damp:

  • Rising damp stems from groundwater rising up through walls and floors. This causes damp patches, peeling wallpaper, mould, or marks at ground level. If you think you have a rising damp problem contact one of our local damp proofing specialists and get professional advice. It is better to get it sorted as soon as possible before any more damage occurs.
  • Penetrating damp usually occurs with inadequate insulation or structural damage. This can be anything from faulty guttering or roofing to cracks in walls, or internal pipe  leaks. It shows up as patches on walls and ceilings. The first thing to do if you think you have a penetrative damp problem is to identify what might be causing it. Check everything in and around the property, look at roofing, walls, guttering, pipes, fascias, rendering and window frames. Some problems can be easily fixed, for example clearing blocked guttering and re-sealing cracked rendering. However, sometimes you will need a professional opinion. If that’s the case our local trusted traders would be happy to come and check it out for you.

Prevent You Pipes From Freezing

Make sure you are prepared if we are expecting freezing temperatures. There are ways you can prevent your pipes from freezing. Pipe insulation, cutting off the water supply and keeping pipes warm are all good ways to prevent freezing. With a little research you can find out what you need to buy and how to insulate your pipes yourself. This is definitely worth taking the time to do. As previously mentioned, another simple and effective way to prevent pipes from freezing is to keep them warm. Do this by keeping your heating on constant or setting your thermostat set to at least 5-10 degrees.

Going away and don’t want run up a huge heating bill? Turn your water supply off at the source instead. You will need to locate the stopcock in your house, this is a valve for turning the cold water system on and off. Turn the stopcock clockwise to switch the water supply off and anti-clockwise to switch it back on. It is handy to know where the stopcock is anyway for future reference so that if you do have any problems with burst pipes you know how to turn the water supply off.

Winter Revamp

Is it just me or does everything look a bit bland after the sparkle of Christmas has been removed? Perhaps it’s time for a makeover. Amazing what a newly decorated room, new flooring or a fresh carpet can do to liven up a dull space. Here at Quick Find we have a selection of reputable painters and decorators and carpet and flooring suppliers. Let them turn your plans into reality!

Take Back Your Kitchen

Has all the festive cooking taken it’s toll on your kitchen? Cooking Christmas dinner for all the family is a great way to spend some quality time together, however it’s not the best way to keep your kitchen in tip top condition! The best time to get cleaning is now, because once spring arrives our thoughts will be consumed with getting out and about and prepping the garden for Summer!Large Kitchen Oven

Don’t forget the oven – you can give it a good old scrub yourself (if you’re feeling energetic). If that’s not your style then we have some fantastic oven cleaners that will make your oven dazzle like new! Find local oven cleaners in your area.

Extending from the kitchen, maybe you feel your whole house could do with a bit of a spritz? Take a look at our ‘Top 10 spring cleaning tips’ blog and make your home dazzle! If cleaning’s not your forte then by all means call in the calvery and give one of our domestic cleaners a call for a complete Spring clean.

How can Quick Find help?

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If you need a professional, make sure the businesses you use are reliable, 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 , roofers 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. Read more about our vetting process here.

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!

 

 

Before we know it, the school half term holiday will be upon us, are you ready for the barrage of “what are we doing today Mum”?! We will soon be updating our ‘February Half Term Activities West Midlands’ blog so keep an eye out for that!


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4th January 2019