With the weather beginning to turn and the nights drawing in, it's time for homeowners to think about the DIY jobs they need to do on their properties before temperatures plummet.
There are several things we should be doing every year to ensure our houses can withstand the worst of the winter weather, so here's a reminder of some of the top jobs to do in the coming months.
Clean your gutters
While this is never a favorite chore, it's one that has to be done. Blocked gutters can cause a lot of damage to your home if the water runs down a wall or builds up next to your roof, potentially leaking into the property or causing damp patches that can be costly to repair.
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The simplest way to do it is to climb a ladder with a bucket in one hand and a leaf scooper in the other, allowing you to fill your bucket with the accumulated debris and dispose of it safely.
If you're not happy holding a bucket at the top of your ladder, position an old sheet beneath your ladder and simply scoop out the leaves and drop them on to the ground, where you can wrap them up in the fabric once you've climbed down.
Replace missing roof tiles
This is obviously not a job you'll need to do every year, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't check your roof regularly to make sure it's in top condition. The exact way in which you replace a tile will depend on the type of material that's been used for your roof, but if you carry out basic DIY at home, you should have all the equipment you need (aside from replacement tiles, of course).
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While you're up on the roof, be certain to also check the flashing around your chimney for any signs of damage, as this could result in a leak if there are any cracks.
Loft, wall and pipe insulation is all important if you want your home to retain its warmth during the winter - and reduce your energy bills in the process. Some of these jobs are easier than others - fitting insulation on your pipes, for instance, is relatively straightforward.
The type of loft space you have will make a difference to the kind of roof insulation you can install, however, and you may need to hire specialist tools to complete this job yourself.
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When it comes to wall insulation, though, you will almost certainly need to contact a professional tradesman to do the work, as it not only requires specific equipment, but also specialist knowledge to ensure the right type of insulation for your property is fitted.
Cut back trees and bushes
While this might not seem like the most important DIY job to do before the winter sets in, not doing it can have more of an impact than you may think. If you have any trees or large shrubs near your house, it is advisable to prune them so that no branches are in contact with the walls, roof or windows.
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This will prevent them causing any damage to your house in high winds and also means that the risk of an old branch falling and hurting someone or landing on your car, for instance, is greatly reduced.
If you've got any advice about which DIY jobs to approach in the autumn and winter, let us know in the comments below.