Winter is a time of the year when minor problems in the home often flare up. Blocked gutters, leaky roofs and windows that aren't sealed properly can prevent your home from staying warm and dry.
Sydney-based 'Hire A Hubby', Greg Cullen, has some great tips for keeping your home heated this cool season.
1. Seal windows and doors
The first thing you need to do when winter-proofing your home is inspect your windows and doors. Adding a seal around a door or window may only take five or ten minutes for a handyman, but the results will last all winter. Similarly, when doors don't close properly - even if it’s just a gap of a few millimetres - heat will always escape. Not only will you be warmer with those cracks sealed, your home will heat-up more efficiently - saving you extra dollars when the bills roll in!
2 Clear the gutters
When gutters build up with leaves and greenery, blockages are more likely in the event of a storm or excessive rain. While this may seem harmless at first, blockages lead to the build-up of excess moisture and can often lead to a leaky roof! Through clearing out leaves, your roof has the best chance of withstanding even the heaviest of downpours.
3. Lay down new carpet
Old, worn-out and damaged carpet is not only an eyesore, it also means plenty of cold feet and freezing nights. Carpet is just as vital as roof and wall insulation when it comes to keeping rooms warm. With so many colours and textures to choose from, new carpet also gives home owners the opportunity to inject more character into their living spaces.
4. Remove rotted wood
No one wants to see rotten timber in a house – it gives the appearance of neglect and can also lead to expensive repairs if not caught early. By simply replacing and repairing rotten timber, you will not only freshen up the overall look of your home, but you’ll ensure additional common winter issues are avoided, such as dampness and leaks, which can lead to long term structural damage.
5. Create an outdoor winter retreat
Don't barricade yourself indoors this winter. Many Australians stop utilising their backyards as the chill settles in, but there are so many ways you can make the most of your outdoor spaces. The simple addition of some new decking, seating areas, and a free-standing fire pit can transform a backyard into a cosy winter retreats. Around an outdoor fire is the perfect place for families to spend some quality time together and toast some marshmallows!
Greg Cullen is a Hire A Hubby franchisee in the Sydney suburb of Hunters Hill. Hire A Hubby is Australia's leading handyman franchise.