Winter home maintenance should be done in the fall | The young witness
TACKLING these chores around your home becomes especially important as winter approaches.
Fixing drafts between doors, inspecting chimneys, and checking your fire alarm batteries will keep you toasty and safe during the colder months.
Nick Dagg is a housekeeping expert who has decades of experience building and maintaining his own homes and working for others.
While he recommends hiring a tradesperson for the electrical and plumbing jobs, there are many jobs you can do yourself at home.
“Home maintenance is an ongoing part of owning a home,” says Nick.
“While ideally you check things on a regular basis, you usually have issues with everyday use of the items.
“In your own home, you can solve most problems, from fixing leaking faucets to redecorating your bedroom.
“But you have to be sure that you aren’t going to waste the work, and it ends up costing more money when you hire a tradie to correct your mistakes.”
The internet is a great source, and you can find great tutorials on how to tackle lots of housekeeping jobs around the house.
Housekeeping expert, Nick Dagg
Nick advises checking for air leaks around windows and doors and fixing them with caulk and weatherstripping to insulate from the cold.
Check your roof for leaks or damaged tiles before winter arrives; remove debris from flat roofs.
If your water heater is outdoors, make sure it is protected by an insulating blanket.
Outdoors, cut tree branches that might break during a bad winter storm. Make sure the exterior lights are on on dark nights.
To help you with your manual work, Nick recommends starting your computer.
“The Internet is a great source and you can find great tutorials on how to do a lot of housekeeping jobs around the house,” he says.
“However, some of them make the job easy, so be realistic about your abilities and don’t be afraid to ask for help or be guided by expert tutorials.”
Seal your windows
CHECK for air leaks in your doors and windows by giving them a rattle.
If you can see daylight sneaking through the cracks around the frame, then you have leaky external devices.
Replace the old cracked caulk and check the seal between the window frame and the glass.
With the doors, install new door brushes and use weatherstripping; a cost effective way to keep drafts at bay.
Apply a windshield to the bottom of the door.
Check your gutters
MAINTENANCE outside your home includes checking your gutters and drains.
Remove fall leaves from the gutters to allow rainwater to flow freely.
Now is a good time to install gutter protection to ensure the channels are free of debris.
While on the roof, check the chimney for fallen debris, including dead birds that can block the flue.