When it comes to transitioning into a New Year, it is common to hear the phrase “New Year, New Me”. However, what may be more beneficial is the phrase “New Year, New Investments” – why not dedicate some time to give your top life investments some TLC. As well as re-evaluating your pension plan, it may be time to check the roof over your head is doing as well as you would hope. Winter can be a very tough season for your house to endure, and you don’t want 2018 to hold any nasty surprises when it comes to your home. Here are some services you can carry out to check your house is putting it’s best foot (or window) forward into 2018.
Hire A Surveyor
When buying your house, you would have hired a surveyor to come and check all was well before you moved in. However, if you’ve been living in your house for a number of years it may be time for a checkup. This may seem like a lot of hassle but it’s best to catch a potential problem before it turns into a massive and expensive one. If you live in an area that has particularly harsh winters, water and ice could damage the structural integrity of your property, causing cracks and leaks which would be costly to fix. Sudden cold temperatures could also freeze the water in your pipes causing them to burst. If this happens you will need a reliable and good local plumber to fix it for you, which can be costly too. A surveyor will be able to check the overall health of your foundations and supporting structures, and make you aware of any potential issues before they cause you to be out of pocket.
Check Your Roof and Double Glazing
It’s very easy to take your roof and windows for granted until you find an unexpected puddle on your kitchen floor, or a breeze coming through a closed window. These problems always seem to arise at the most inconvenient times and can be very expensive to fix if they have been degrading for a while. Many companies will survey your roof and windows for free, so if they are completely healthy, this will not cost you a penny. However, if there is a problem, you are able to nip it in the bud before it becomes a bigger issue, which could end up costing you a large amount of money in the long run.
Have Your Boiler Serviced
Your boiler should be serviced annually, but it’s one of those jobs that you say you’ll do and always end up forgetting about. Getting the service carried out at the beginning of the year will mean it’s ticked off the to-do list until early 2019. A faulty boiler is extremely dangerous due to carbon monoxide leaks, and can also rack up your bills due to running inefficiently. It is in your’s and your family’s interest of safety to get your boiler regularly serviced and will make it less likely that you will have to pay out for repairs throughout the year.
Hopefully, this has given you a few ideas of how you can take care of potentially your most important life investment, and ensure a house-problem free 2018.