A long weekend gives you the freedom to do lots of things, whether it’s getting away for an exciting trip, meeting up with friends and family, or just relaxing at home. For many people, it’s a great chance to get done all the little things that need doing around the house that need addressing, but you’ve been putting off. If you’re not sure where to start, we’ve put together a checklist of things to look at to make sure you’re on top of your home maintenance.

 

 

Alarms

 

Have you tested your fire alarms or carbon monoxide alarm recently? If you’re not sure when you last swapped out the batteries, now is a good time to make sure they’re fresh and in fully working order.

 

Boiler

 

When was your boiler last inspected? If it’s been more than a year, it might be worth having it checked over by a Gas Safe Registered engineer to make sure there are no issues.

 

Taps and pipes

 

Is everything leak free? Small drips from a badly connected pipe can lead to larger problems if not addressed. It might be an easy fix you can do yourself, but speak to a plumber if you want peace of mind.

 

 

Windows

 

Do you have draughts coming in, or condensation appearing within the panes of your double glazing? It might be a sign that the seal is faulty and the glass needs replacing. Get in touch with a window fitter to see what needs to be done.

 

Locks

 

If you have a back door lock that is loose or you’ve lost a set of keys recently, you might have been thinking about the need for an upgrade. An experienced locksmith can advise on the best products to use and install them for you.

 

Gutters

 

After a wet winter the gutters on our home can be a bit worse for wear, so it’s worth checking them out to make sure they’re still working as they should. A specialist can inspect them for damage and blockages and make any replacements that are needed.

 

 

Brickwork

 

Now is a great time to check out the brickwork on your home and see how it’s looking. Though the weather is always unpredictable, spring and summer are the best time for taking on work such as repointing. A bricklayer can show you what might need work.

 

Trees

 

If you have trees on your property, while they’re coming into leaf is a good chance to check if they present any issues, such as interfering with any electrical cables. If so, a tree surgeon will be able to cut them back without damaging the tree.