Is it still raining?! As we move closer to winter, more rainfall is expected across the country. From May through to July, the median rain is forecasted to be above average and looking consistent. For those looking to take advantage of a less competitive market during the colder seasons to sell their homes, the rain can put a damper on house presentations. It’s always best to get ahead with weatherproofing for a sale (and in general!) before the storm.
Luckily, there are some easy and cheap ways that we can prepare our homes for rain this winter without running up our electrical bills and wasting energy!
Here are five simple steps you can take:
1. Weather strips
The first step to preparing your home for a rainy season is to prevent any rain or wind from getting inside in the first place. All variations of weather strips are an easy, cheap and effective way to stop any draft wafting rain into your house, and can also help to keep the cold out, and the warm and dry air inside. Instead of running your heating for hours on end, sticking weatherstrips to the bottom of your door or around your window frame is a simple and cheap fix.
Rubber weatherstips are recommended over any other material as they tend to be more durable than brush strips or silicone.
2. Check your roofing and clean your gutters
Your roof is possibly the most important part of your home and when it comes to keeping out excess rainfall, it's imperative. It's always a good idea before predicted rainfall to check your roofing, in particular the flashing on your roof. Flashing is a waterproofing metal material used on homes to help keep rainfall out and hold materials together. Flashing might be found around your chimney, holding it to your roof tiles or vents and pipes.
If there is a leak coming through the roof, there's a high chance it has been caused by worn down or loose flashing. Even in low rain seasons, you should check your flashing at least once a year to make sure it hasn’t worn down.
While you’re up there, check your gutters and give them a clean. Leaves and branches blocking up gutters can cause water to overflow and create more flooding issues, with cascading water ruining garden beds, and can even cause foundation damage if the water sits along the foundations of your home. Water pooling from your gutters can also cause moisture to seep inside the house and result in mould.
Climbing on top of your roof or even cleaning out your gutters can be dangerous. Don’t be afraid to hire a professional to give you a hand!
3. Furniture Covers
Although it seems like a very simple thing to do, covering your outdoor furniture is easy to forget. Rain can severely impact your furniture sets, even rendering them unusable. Outdoor furniture is often made to withstand wind and heat but excess rain can result in your cushions and lounge chairs absorbing too much water and ruin them completely.
Outdoor tables and chairs made with metal can also naturally rust with the constant moisture, and something as simple as rainfall can zap colour and wear down most surfaces.
For outdoor furniture that lasts, consider investing in furniture covers for tables and lounges to protect your furniture and your wallet during this rainy winter. If you’recan lift the covers to showcase your pristine outdoor set when it comes time for open homes and inspections.
4. Prune Trees and Garden
Prepping your garden for rain can make a huge difference. Moisture can cause old branches to snap, and suddenly that tall wavy grass that looked great in summer is all over your shoes and clothes as you traspe through the garden.
Just as you may prepare for when your pets shed before summer, it’s wise to prepare your garden for days of constant deluge. Simple tasks such as pruning trees and plants before it rains can prepare it to absorb excess water.
Cutting and shaping overgrown hedges and bushes as well as mowing your grass and getting rid of excess leaves and greenery laying loose around can help to create an overall tidier garden even after a downpour.
Using waterproof tarpaulins can also be a great addition to your garden during rainfall.
Consistent rain can not only cause issues for you, but could also kill your plants. Covering your plants or digging trenches in your garden can stop the water from pooling and drowning your plants.
5. Cover cracks inside and out
Have a troublesome leak, but can’t find the source? If the leak is not coming from your roof and the moist air is not coming underneath your door, then you need to start looking around inside for cracks that haven’t been filled. Older houses and apartments can naturally begin to crack over time.. It’s important to cover up these patches before the rainfall begins as added moisture can cause them to grow bigger and more problematic.
You can buy some spakfilla from your local hardware store to patch up any holes and cracks in your walls. For those cracks between the skirting boards and walls, grab some caulk and fill them. These sorts of jobs should only take you an afternoon to fix but will solve a whole lot of future problems for you, in addition to helping to boost your property value to future prospective buyers.
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