PROPERTY NEWS - Autumn's cool embrace could not have come at a better time, as the spread of Covid-19 sends us all into our homes for a period of isolation. But, says regional director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, Adrian Goslett, before the icy mornings encourage us to curl up on our couches, it would be wise to get around to some autumn chores, like cleaning out the gutters and resealing the windowpanes.
"Homeowners are encouraged to take the time while they're at home to investigate their homes inside and out to ensure that the property will be able to withstand storms or heavy rains. It is better to take all the necessary precautions ahead of the expected weather conditions as this way you won't be in a panic should the weather take a turn," Goslett advises.
Generally, the garden would feel the brunt of the cold weather, therefore the best place for homeowners to start would be outside. Prune any trees and bushes to ensure they are one metre away from the roof. Similarly, trimming trees near the roof is a good safety measure to take, as gale-force winds could result in breakaway branches causing damage to your roof or nearby windows.
"There are certain things that need to be packed away or rescheduled before the arrival of the cold and wet days," advises Goslett. "Automatic sprinklers, for example, need to be reset so that you do not end up wasting water. Seasonal furniture and outdoor décor should be stowed away, and pools should be covered to avoid debris from falling in and clogging up the filtering system."
Lastly, homeowners should ensure that the house is weathertight. This includes general maintenance, such as varnishing timber window and door frames, checking the chimney flute and outside drains for blockages, and doing a roof inspection to check for loose shingles.
It is also a good idea to check the ceiling for any damages that may cause leaks into the home.
Those who have indoor fireplaces, should stock up early so you have enough to get you through the season. It is also a good idea to refresh your emergency kit supply in case of electricity outages or extreme lockdown conditions. Things such as torch batteries, candles and matches will all be useful in this respect.
"Autumn presents a great opportunity to stay indoors and spend some quality time with those closest to you. To make the most of the coming autumn season, prepare your home accordingly so you can ride out the storm from the comfort and safety of your own home," Goslett concludes.
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