Recommended Home Maintenance Across the Seasons

It’s important to love your home and to give it the necessary maintenance it needs throughout the year to keep it working to the best of its ability, for the sake of everyone living in it. In this blog, we’ll be looking at all the ways you can maintain your home, based on the best times of the year to do so.

Spring

One of the most common phrases associated with housework is “spring cleaning” – so why not embrace this time to do just that? After the expense of Christmas, in the late winter and early spring months, you may be reluctant to spend money on your property. However, if you take this time to work on it now, then you will be saving yourself from bigger problems building up over time, creating a more expensive solution. If you take the time and invest in taking these actions now, then you are bound to see worthwhile results:

  • Clean the gutters – you should do this in both spring and autumn 
  • Clean up and donate things after the new things you acquired over winter
  • Walk around your house – inside and out- to check for any damage to your home caused by harsh winter weather. Make note of what needs fixing and start to work towards getting it sorted
  • Wash windows, windowsills and doors

Summer

The warm, sunny weather associated with summertime can make it an excellent time of the year to carry out certain home maintenance tasks that you might otherwise not be able to do. Make the most of this time by carrying out some of these tasks:

  • Prevent insects from settling into your home and becoming pests by checking all gaps are sealed
  • Check that you don’t have any wasp or bee nests on your property and if you do, call a professional to remove them
  • Maintain your grass and plants so that they aren’t overgrown and a potential inconvenience to you or your neighbours
  • Embrace the sunny weather and carry out any tasks you couldn’t do during other months of the year: for example, paint fences, treat exterior wood and clean your front drive
  • Water your plants frequently, now that the weather is drier – consider installing a sprinkler if you have the space and option to do so or potentially a trickle water system and membranes

Autumn

With broken branches and leaves falling from the trees, and the months becoming cooler, there are a range of things you can do to maintain your home to its best standard. For example, by checking that you’ve filled in any gaps or holes in your walls, windowpanes and flooring, then you may find you could save money on heating in the months to come:

  • Rake up leaves in your garden (while being mindful of potentially hidden wildlife like hedgehogs)
  • Clear gutters of leaves and other possible blockages or hire a professional to do it
  • Check home is fully insulated before winter comes check for any gaps or holes where heat may be escaping
  • Now is also the time to check your central heating and bleed your radiators in preparation for winter
  • Additionally, seal up any holes or gaps where small creatures may have come through, seeking warmth as the weather gets colder and to stop cold entering
  • If you have a chimney, check it is clear before you begin to use it regularly in the winter months – additionally, ensure that it is secure and that no harmful elements (such as fire or gas) can spill into the room when the fire is lit. If it is a working chimney, it is advisable to organise a professional sweep to clean it out fully
  • Ensure you roof and any tiles are secure before the start of any snow or other storms
  • Also, carefully inspect flat roofs on garages or outbuildings for possible damage

Winter

In the coldest months of the year, it can be challenging to feel motivated to carry out household maintenance chores, as well as it possibly being trickier for you to do so. However, it’s crucial to maintain your home in winter, to prevent any damage caused by the harsh weather conditions:

  • Although it’s colder and you want to preserve heat, remember to open your windows when cooking and showering, to avoid condensation building up as mould
  • If you do want to keep your windows closed more, use moisture absorbers to avoid mould and damp issues
  • Efficiently throw away, tidy, or use Christmas leftovers such as food and packaging, to avoid a build-up of mess at home
  • If you want to paint your walls, this is the time to do it, as there is less humidity in the air
  • When using products to melt ice, keep your pets out of the way, as they could harm themselves by ingesting these kinds of products

All Year Round Home Maintenance

There are some maintenance jobs you can carry out in your home throughout the seasons. Whether you do these things once a week or every couple of months, it’s handy to be aware of these tasks:

  • Testing smoke alarms and CO2 alarms at least twice a year
  • Check ceilings for damp
  • Clean and check your big household appliances, such as your oven, fridge, dishwasher and washing machine
  • Ensure you are optimising the use of your energy and water services
  • Cleaning, tidying and getting rid of unneeded and unnecessary items
  • Check all your electrical cables are in good condition with no exposed wires
  • Annual boiler check-up

Although you may not enjoy carrying out some of these tasks and think that you can postpone them, try to do them as soon as possible to avoid the build up of a future issue that could affect your home and how you live in it. By working on it often, you could be saving yourself from paying out for a big issue one day, if something went wrong. Every home is individual and will require different routines, however, our guide above is a great starting point for most homeowners.

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