Time to get your home in great shape

Wed, Aug 28, 2019

There are still a few weeks of summer left and though we hate to sound like the sort of people who encourage you to book your Christmas party now, it IS a great time to be thinking ahead and getting your home in great shape.

The insurer Direct Line reports that tradespeople often hike their prices in response to high demand – so whilst it may be a bit quieter during the summer holiday period get one step ahead with jobs like…

Boiler servicing and replacement
Even if you’re on an annual contract, consider changing the service date to over the summer so your boiler is fired up and ready for the colder weather. If you aren’t on a contract you’ll find many engineers charge considerably less over summer and will have more flexibility over appointments.

Chimney cleaning
If you have open fires or burners you should have chimneys swept annually for safety and fuel efficiency. Now’s the perfect time – the fire will be unused, and the sweep’s diary relatively quiet until the first cold snap.

Installing fireplaces, boilers, new central heating systems or woodburners
Not something that occurs to most people when the temperature’s still in the 30’s, so the perfect time to cut a great deal for supply and fit. Stocking upon wood or other solid fuels will often be cheaper before winter sets in too.

Roof maintenance and gutter clearance
Don’t wait for autumn leaves to clog up your downpipes; prevention is better than cure with protective mesh. Some unusually hot weather coupled with torrential rain over recent weeks could have caused shrinkage and movement - does your roof have any missing tiles, loose flashing or need ridge tiles repointing? If so book it now before harsh weather makes a small problem into a big one with emergency call-out bills to match.

Exterior painting
Late summer into early autumn often has some of the driest conditions of the year and yet the majority of people book exterior work for Spring.

Finally, don’t forget that if you’re planning a major project like a kitchen or bathroom re-fit or extension get it booked in now if you want it (to use the tradesperson’s least favourite sentence) ‘done in time for Christmas’!!