Property Information

Prepare your home for Winter

It’s important to remember that winter can put a strain on our houses, causing problems to pipes, boilers and drains.

Here are a few helpful ways to protect your home this winter.

  • Keep your pipes warm – Burst pipes are common during the winter. The best way to stop this from happening is to keep them warm. Using a foam cardigan called ‘lagging’ will reduce heat lost and keep the pipes insulated.
  • Look after the boiler – Try and get the boiler looked at before winter. This may save you money in the long run! 
  • Insulation – Having a good loft and wall cavity insulation could keep the house warm with less energy used.
  • Bleed the radiators – Bleeding the radiators releases the trapped air, which allows the air to warm your home more efficiently.
  • Keep curtains/blinds closed – As soon as you get home in the evening, make sure the curtains are kept closed. It’s easy to lose warmth through small cracks in your windows.
  • Sort out your home insurance – Make sure that your home insurance is up-to-date just in case you might need to do a claim this winter with all the maintenance problems that may be cropping up!


How to keep your home damp free

Damp is not as well understood as it should be, considering it is a problem that affects a number of properties. It can cause mould on walls and furniture and make window frames rot.

Here are some tips that you might find beneficial for your property;

  • Tackle rising damp – This is caused by groundwater finding its way into a home through stonework / brickwork. Through a properly maintained, modern, damp-proof cause, it may be combated.
  • Check that your guttering is in order – If there are blocked drainpipes or any other problems with your property, it’s important that you try and deal with them as soon as possible before matters get worse.
  • Keep an eye out for black mould – This mould is potentially hazardous, as it attracts mites. There are mould eradication kits available online to combat the issues.
  • Install ventilation aids – Rooms should be aired well, even in the winter. The best way to stop the moisture in the air from lingering is through ventilation.
  • Try not to dry your washing inside – Keeping damp clothes inside is only going to exacerbate the problem of condensation. The best option would be drying them in a well ventilated room.
  • Temperature control is important – In the cold weather, condensation is at its worst. It’s worth keeping your home reasonably warm, even if nobody is home (this will help you out in the long run).

 

Tips on How to kill / remove the mould;

  • Carefully remove mould with damp cloth. Throw cloth away after. Do not brush mould – it releases spores into the air.
  • Using fungicidal wash wipe down the affected areas.
  • Do not repaint affected are with ordinary paint – use fungicidal paint/wallpaper paste

Does your rented property feel like someone else’ home?

Our top 8 Ways to make a rented property feel like your home!

Decorating a rented property can be tricky – there are all sorts of things to consider, not least of all your deposit.

These simple ideas are a great way to add personality to your rented home without risking your deposit.

1. Add elegance with removable wallpaper
 It doesn’t leave any mess and can be re-used on walls as well as inside wardrobes, bookcases, etc.
2.Layer cushions and throw in some textiles
Treat yourself to some inexpensive cushions, to create a comfy spot where you can relax. Add a chunky throw to cover a chair, and add some colourful towels in a basic bathroom.
3.Add some greenery
Plants and flowers are an easy option to liven up any space.

 

4.Alter the lighting
Add a string of fairy lights to change the mood of the room.

 

5.Add rugs
Cover up institutional flooring with a big, bold rug.

 

6.Change the bed linen
Bed linen is one of the easiest way to change the look of a room.

 

7. Don’t forget about the little touches
Photos are a great reminder of home. Hang some photos around the room to add a homely touch. But remember… Don’t use Blu Tack

 

8. Mirror Mirror
A mirror is a classic addition to any room, but there’s no need to fix it to your wall. Prop it up against the wall to add the illusion of space and depth.