Save money with preventative winter home maintenance

2017-06-01 06:00

The first cold snap of winter is a timely reminder that a little preventative winter maintenance could save you some money on expensive repairs.

Your preparations may differ, depending on where you live in the country. Some will need to prepare more for wind and rain, while elsewhere very cold conditions can quickly run up the electricity bill.

Marlies Kappers, head of marketing at DirectAxis, says: “While it is sometimes difficult to afford, home maintenance is a bit like getting your car serviced. By regularly attending to little things, you can avoid big costs in future.”

While opinions vary about what comprises a good winter prep list, most experts agree that no matter whether you live in a summer- or winter- rainfall area cold is the common seasonal denominator.

Check for draughts under doors, around window frames and other openings.

Fit strips under poorly sealed doors or make an under-door-draught stopper; one of those long material tubes filled with sand or something similar that you can use to keep out the cold.

Fitting a geyser blanket will also help reduce your electricity costs as will insulating your roof. Fireplaces are great for adding some ambience and warmth to a cold room in winter, but before you light the first winter fire, check the chimney to make sure you don’t burn the house down.

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