Brrr it’s getting cold out there!

Now is the time to think about making sure your new home is prepared for winter. For example, make sure there is some background heating on all the time to prevent pipes freezing up and, if you have an outside tap that can be separately isolated then you could isolate and empty that too to help prevent it from freezing up.

Clearing the gutters and drains is probably the last thing on your to-do list, but it’s an essential task. Debris such as leaves and mud can block the drains and once it becomes too much, it can cause leaks into the roof and walls. Making sure the gutters are clear from any possible build-up will minimise the risk of water damage.