Winter is a time of cosying up on the sofa with a hot chocolate, driving home to see loved ones and hosting festive feasts. It's also the time when the notorious UK weather hits, pesky pests look for warmth, and burglars are on the prowl.
But, with that being said, there are some everyday things you can start doing to ensure your home stays cosy and problem-free throughout the season.
We sat down with our Asset Management team for their expert tips on preparing your home for Winter.
Let's get into it!
How to avoid mould and condensation - Jess Davies, Asset Manager
Dry Windows and Sills Every MorningStart your day by wiping down your windows and sills; this prevents the build-up of moisture and helps to avoid mould.
Open Windows When Hanging Up WashingDying your clothes indoors can contribute to condensation; we know it gets chilly, but open a window to allow moisture to escape!
Cook with Pan Lids On and Extractor Fan OnSteam from cooking is a major contributor to indoor humidity. Keep the pan lids on, and make sure you turn on your extractor fan to minimise the moisture.
Pull Furniture Away from WallsMoving the furniture slightly away from your walls creates airflow; this helps prevent mould, allowing air to circulate freely.
Ventilate Property by Opening Windows and Trickle VentsYou need to ventilate your home to reduce moisture levels, open the windows, and use your trickle vents regularly.
Top Tips for Avoiding Mice and Other Pests in Your Home - Holly Green, Asset Manager
Covering Household WastePests like mice are always on the lookout for food, so make sure your household waste, like bin lids and food lids, are securely covered.
Store Food in Airtight ContainersThis is super important for eliminating scents that might attract unwanted guests; you can usually find airtight containers in any local supermarket.
Set-Up Preventative TrapsIf you've dealt with a pest problem before in the Winter, it's always worth setting up strategically placed traps to catch them before they get in!
Tips if You Are Going Away Over The Christmas Period - Mehul, Head of Asset Management
Create the Illusion of an Occupied HomeUse smart or timer bulbs to schedule lights. This creates the illusion of an occupied home, which will deter potential intruders.
Secure Doors and WindowsBefore you leave your house, double-check that all doors and windows are securely locked.
Don't Leave Valuables on DisplayKeep valuables out of sight to reduce the temptation for burglars. A clear view into an empty home should be avoided!
So there you have it, just a few tips on how to keep your home in tip-top condition during the Winter season!
For a more in-depth guide, download our Winter Maintenance Guide with a bonus checklist you can use or give to your residents!