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15 things all clever homeowners do every year

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Being a homeowner can seem like something of a dark art, especially if you want to do it right and be as efficient as possible. However, once you've read this article, you'll be equipped with all the information you need to be a stand up example of a responsible property owner! 

Nobody gives you a list of everything you should be doing each year in order to stay on top of house maintenance, so we're going to do exactly that. The aim is to put your minds at rest and prevent you having to call out professionals unless you really need to.

Let's take at look at what you should be doing…

1. Review your building and contents insurance policy

To make sure you're getting the best deal.

2. Drain the hot water tank and re-fill the system

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To prevent sediment build-up running through the pipes.

3. Clean out tumble dryer vents and ducts

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To prevent a lint build-up and make the machine run more efficiently.

4. Update your house inventory

For insurance purposes.

5. Inspect the roof for broken tiles or raised flashing

So they can be tackled before they become an issue.

6. Clear the gutters

To prevent blockages in wetter months after the leaves have dropped.

7. Check for foundation problems

By looking for wall and floor cracks. Make a note of the locations and sizes for comparison.

8. Look for water leaks

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To prevent water damage seeping into brickwork.

9. Clean out and re-organise the garage

You might also find some things to sell hidden away!

10. Check outside drains

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To ensure good flow and no blockages.

11. Check window seals

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And re-putty if necessary, or replace glass panes if cracked or blown.

12. Monitor your trees

To assess if they need trimming, felling or supporting.

13. Check decking for signs of mildew setting in

 Balconies, verandas & terraces  by Déco

And then steam clean and stain to prevent rot.

14. Totally clear out the pantry and check all sell-by dates

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This is a good excuse for a dinner party!

15. Throw out all old medicines and lotions

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You'll be shocked how long you keep things like this for.

For more homeowner advice, take a look at this Ideabook: Planning a home extension? Here’s what NOT to do!

Which of these things were you already doing?
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