We have made it through the cold winter months, and with being at home much more than we normally are. We have found all the little niggling things around the home that need looking at.
Being a homeowner, does not just mean paying the bills it also comes with the added responsibility of maintaining the property as well. This can also help keep costs down in the long run.
1. Stop The Drafts
Probably the one thing we all notice is drafts, if our windows are old they need to be replaced. Double glazed windows, are probably one of the most important improvements you can make to your home. Not only will the put an end to the drafts you feel around the house, they will also reduce your heating bills in the long run. As your home will be warmer and you will find you can turn your heating down.
Double glazed windows, also make a huge reduction in noise from outside. We live in an old Victorian house and our old windows were sash windows that were lovely, but let in a lot of drafts and noise. We took our time to find replacements that fitted with the style of our house. The difference they made in keeping our rooms warmer the noise level as well, especially as we live on a busy main road.
Also look at replacing front and back doors, as these can be where a lot of drafts come from and are often forgotten about.
One thing that is often over looked, until you find a problem is your guttering. We recently had all our guttering and facias replaced as they had not been done in ages. If you do not want to do this at the moment it is always beneficial to check and clean out your guttering regularly.
3. Keep heating costs down
You will have seen my post on energy saving tips, this is something we can all do, more so if you replace your windows. Your home will be so much warmer. Plus the little things like taking a shower instead of a bath.
4. Updating Rooms
Over lockdown we have totally gutted two rooms in our home our bedroom and bathroom. In our bedroom as it is the room we have put up thicker curtains and got a huge fluffy rug that make the room warmer and cosier. This means that we have had to turn the heating down in there a lot more than we expected.
In our bathroom we have taken out the radiator that was there, and replaced it with a heated towel rail. This has made a huge difference. Our bathroom stays warm and towels are kept warm and dry. I had one in my very first property I owned and did not realise how much I missed having it.
Have you been up to any house renovations during lockdown, or been looking at ways to give your property some tlc and keep your outgoings down. If so I would love to hear about them.