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Autumn Home Maintenance: Essential Tips for Preparing Your Home

Maintaining your home may seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Keeping on top of the smaller tasks helps ensure your home is well-prepared to handle the changing weather and prevent expensive repairs in the future. From safeguarding against chilly drafts to preventing potential hazards, prioritising these autumn home maintenance tips will ensure your home remains safe, comfortable, and cosy throughout the cooler months.

Clear out gutters and downpipes

Falling leaves and branches can accumulate in gutters and downpipes and cause water to pool on the roof and seep into the eaves and wall cavities, which can lead to significant water damage. By regularly inspecting the gutters, clearing out any blockages, and installing gutter guards, you help ensure proper drainage and prevent water damage.

Clean and inspect heating

Before the cold winter weather sets in, check that your heating system is in proper working condition. A well-maintained heating system not only keeps your home warm, but also operates more efficiently, saving you money on energy bills. Replace air filters and clean components on heat pumps, clear out any ash and debris from wood burners, and have the chimney inspected for blockages to ensure the damper is working correctly.

Tackle mould and mildew

Small amounts of mould are common in many New Zealand homes, but if left unchecked can lead to severe health complications. Address any existing mould or mildew issues in your home, especially in areas prone to dampness such as bathrooms, kitchen and laundry. Use a mixture of water and vinegar to clean affected surfaces, open windows and doors during the day to allow air flow and consider installing a dehumidifier to control moisture levels and prevent future growth.

Seal cracks and gaps

As the temperature drops, small gaps and cracks around doors, windows and exterior walls allow cold air to seep in, making it harder to warm your home and maintain a comfortable indoor temperature. Inspect windows and doors for cracks, gaps, or weather-stripping that may have deteriorated over time, and seal any gaps with caulking or weatherproofing materials to prevent drafts and improve energy efficiency.

Check outdoor lighting and security

With shorter days and longer nights in autumn, proper outdoor lighting and security systems are essential for safety and peace of mind. Check outdoor light fixtures, replace any burnt-out bulbs, and consider installing motion sensor lights to illuminate dark areas around your home. Test your security cameras, alarms, and sensors to ensure they’re functioning correctly and provide adequate protection against potential intruders or emergencies.

A safe, comfortable home

Regular home maintenance and timely repairs are essential for effectively addressing wear and tear in the home. Putting off doing these tasks often makes things worse and ends up costing you more in the long run.

What’s more, many insurance policies don’t cover gradual damage resulting from deferred maintenance or neglect, so it’s vital you keep on top of home maintenance tasks to maintain the value of your home for years to come.

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