How to Winter-Proof Your Home for a New Year Sale
January and February are usually the coldest months of the year, so it is essential to protect your home from the harshest winter weather to help reduce or avoid the damage that freezing temperatures can cause.
We get some extreme weather in the New Year with plenty of high winds, wet weather, and freezing temperatures that can really test the exterior of your home. If you plan to sell your home this year, then winter-proofing your home will save you a lot of time and money on minor repairs and cosmetic fixes and make your home more appealing to potential buyers.
Let's take a look at some top tips for winter-proofing your home to help it feel warmer and inviting for viewings in the New Year.
You want your home to be warm and cosy for winter viewings, so make sure that any cold draughts that cause some of your rooms to feel cold are sealed up. While it is essential to keep your home well-ventilated, draughty rooms are a real turn-off for potential buyers.
Eliminating draughts around your home is a very cost-effective way to make your home more appealing. Adding a letterbox brush will help lessen the chill coming through your front door. You can buy and fit inexpensive draught excluders to the bottom of your external doors to keep the cold out and the warmth indoors.
You should check for gaps between the boards and under-skirting boards if you have floorboards. Sealing these gaps can stop draughts from coming up through your floorboards. You could also lay down more rungs on bare floorboards to help retain the heat in your rooms.
Keep your heating at a comfortable temperature
You will want to keep your house comfortably warm and welcoming for winter viewings. Many house viewers will be wearing thick winter coats, scarves, and hats, and they may be reluctant to take them off while viewing your house.
Keeping your house at a comfortable temperature that is not too warm will not overheat your viewers while they look around. If you keep your rooms too hot, it may make your viewers uncomfortable and want to leave early because they feel too warm.
Government recommendations for a healthy temperature are 18 degrees Celsius, which will prevent your home from feeling too chilly but won't overheat viewers looking around your house.
Prevent freezing pipes
Freezing temperatures can play havoc on any exposed water pipes. Many houses have external water pipes that open to the elements and are at risk of freezing when temperatures plummet.
The ice inside of frozen pipes can expand and split the pipe, causing a water leak once temperatures rise again and the ice begins to melt. Not only do frozen pipes stop water from circulating your home, once they thaw, but they can also cause a serious water leak that can damage your property if left unchecked.
Insulating your exposed pipes, even the ones running through a cold attic, can save you a fortune in repairs. Foam pipe tubing is very effective and inexpensive to buy. The last thing you want to be dealing with is burst pipes if you have people wanting to book viewings.
Flush your radiators
One of the main issues with older central heating systems is that the radiators can start to fill up with rust and debris that cause cold spots and prevent the hot water from circulating efficiently.
It can help to have your radiators flushed by a local plumber to get rid of all the debris build-up. If your radiators are sitting against an external wall, it can also help to line them with a foil heat reflector that reflects the heat from your radiators back into the room rather than being absorbed by the wall.
Protect your roof
Winter-proofing your roof for the New Year can help to make sure your roof is in good condition before the bad weather sets in. Maintaining your property is important especially in the colder months. Remember, a property in good condition will have a better resale value and be more appealing to buyers. A big maintenance job could easily put potential buyers off.
It can help bring in a local roofer to look at your roof tiles, ridge tiles, and chimney. A professional roofer will be able to spot any problems with loose tiles, flashing, or mortar and mend them to prevent any rain or melting snow from leaking through gaps and holes and damaging the interior of your house.
It can also help to clean your guttering to remove years of dirt, leaves, and moss build-up. Remember that blocked guttering can become very heavy when filled with snow and is at risk of falling down, causing a lot of mess to clean up and broken guttering to replace.
If you protect your house with these winter-proofing tips, your will be in an excellent position to attract house buyers viewing your home in the New Year.
Keep your house warm, cosy, and draught-free, and your potential buyers will appreciate having a warm and welcoming home to walk around. They will have a great first impression of your house and be more inclined to put in an offer.
If you are looking to sell this year, we will be happy to help.
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