- If you have a property which will be empty over the winter it is good to keep the heating on at a low level to avoid burst pipes. Alternatively you could arrange to "drain down" the systems to avoid any issues. Your home insurance provider is likely to require this so it is important to check the terms carefully.
- Attend to any leaking gutters or downpipes which are always more visible in the winter months when there is more rain about. Any long term leak whether internal or external can cause saturation and damage of the building materials.
- Clear any choked gutters of any autumn leaves or debris which can build up over the winter.
- Fix any missing or slipped slates and check all roofs are wind and water tight.
- Check and repair all windows, doors and external timbers generally.
- Inspect any external walls for deterioration including cracked and damaged sections, defective pointing or loose roughcast as frost damage and water seepage can prove costly.
- Attend to any boundary wall or garden fence which has shown signs of wear and tear over the summer, it will only get worse over the winter.
- If you are considering getting a wood burning stove or re-instating the coal fire, do the necessary checks to see if the chimney is lined and have it swept to avoid potential risks.
Once the hustle and bustle of Christmas and New Year is over, if you are thinking of selling, get your Valuer out to visit the property and provide you with a Marketing Report as to what you might expect to achieve on the open market. Its never too early to start the ball rolling. Traditionally a good time to market is spring but in reality the market starts to pick up around February/March time with people trying to get ahead of the rush.Without doubt, this year has been a massive improvement on previous years with sales at their highest level since 2007. Although it has proven to be a much improved market, it is still very patchy with some areas being real hotspots and others continuing to prove more difficult. The hope is that next year the positive signs will continue and be more consistent.
Some Winter Warmers to end on a positive note:
Sales are highest they have been since 2007
The ESPC in George Street is the biggest showroom in the world.
Over 40% of properties sold between June and September achieved over their Home Report valuation
The Government Help To Buy scheme has been introduced which will hopefully aid the market.
The Tram works are finally coming to an end!