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Tips on Winter-Proofing Your Home

Inspect your roof – Don’t wait for a damp patch on the ceiling to check your roof, Gary Walpole technical manager at the national Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) said “Check inside the loft for leaks, see if any daylight is coming in through the roof or around the chimney.” When outside you should look for cracked, slipped or missing tiles, replace these quickly so that more damage doesn’t occur, by replacing the damaged tiles it will stop leaks and prevent more tiles from being dislodged.

On flat roofs uneven lumps, standing water or splits around the edges are red lights!

Drones – Hiring a drone can save you thousands of pounds, this is because you can hire a drone to take a video of your roof and this video will highlight any cracks, loose tiles and general damage. You can then send this video to as many roofers as you may wish and they can give an accurate quote rather than just guessing. Using a drone will save you money on scaffolding costs which can also cost up to £2000 to put up and that would be to just get a quote.

Close chimneys and lofts – To stop heat from escaping up the chimney you can buy a felted wool chimney sheep to help prevent this from happening. You can also purchase an insulated loft hatch to keep the heat in.

Test the heating – Boilers should be serviced annually and radiators bled.

Stock up on fuel – Logs that you use in the wood burner should be at least one year old: oak, ash and chestnut are best. Also, you need to make sure that the wood you are using is dry. Chimneys and wood burners need to be swept regularly and make sure that that an open fire is covered by insurance. Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

Don’t forget – The barbecue. Cover or put it away to prevent rust and do the same with garden furniture but before that try rubbing them with olive oil. Also, garden hoses should be stored indoors over the winter.

 

Information taken from The Sunday Times October 21 2018, Property Supplement.

Our latest reviews from allAgents

We used Grant Berry to purchase and sell properties in August this year and cannot fault the service they offer. They were efficient, knowledgeable and professional whilst still remaining warm and understanding. Buying and selling property is hugely stressful and we feel that both Andrew and Anna-Marie understand this and do everything in their power to facilitate a smooth and stress-free process. We were kept in the loop the whole time and Andrew attended each viewing at our property with enthusiasm. Not only would we highly recommend Grant Berry to anyone else but we will only use them for our property requirements going forward.
Catherine Dickinson | 16 October, 2020
Super service! Grant Berry were excellent communicators and helped us throughout the whole process of buying our first home. They really made what could have been a stressful time very easy. Thank you!
Emma Wilson | 10 September, 2020
Anna-Marie and Andrew thank you both so very much for the amazing service you provided us in getting our dream home. 5 stars isn’t enough! Everything was made easy and you kept us informed all the time. We cannot thank you both enough. We will be recommending you to anyone we know thinking of moving house. Emily and Edd Evans Morley
Emily Evans-Morley | 29 August, 2020
Brilliant service from start to finish. Even through Covid-19 Andrew did everything he could to make sure things ran as smoothly as possible. Would absolutely recommend anyone to use Grant Berry. One very happy family.
Amy Wilson | 18 August, 2020
Great experience! We felt well looked after all way through. Andrew Berry is knowledgeable, enthusiastic and professional. He has made a very rocky journey less stressful. Try them, you won\'t regret it!
Justyna Livermore | 16 July, 2020
Andrew and Anna-Marie are extremely nice people to deal with, they have a genuine interest to be professional from start to finish. Nothing is too much trouble for them and they bring with them a wealth of knowledge in their field. I would have no reservations in recommending them to anyone.
Annette Carter | 15 July, 2020
Absolutely outstanding service from both Anna-Marie and Andrew from start to finish, they kept us in the loop every week even during the Covid 19 pandemic, they were always there reassuring us and ensuring the sale and purchase went smoothly. They are two of the nicest people we have met and would highly recommended them to anyone.
Rosa De Simone | 7 July, 2020
I would have no hesitation in recommending Grant Berry. Throughout the whole process they have provided sound professional advice, backed up by detailed research of the local housing market. They followed up each viewing and gave us feedback and advice. Once we had secured a buyer they continued to drive the process in support of us and always kept us informed of the position of the prospective buyer. Much more than just professional advice and support was the emotional support we received at every stage and the excellent customer service.
Sue Chippington | 3 July, 2020
As if buying and selling a property isn’t stressful enough, add the country going into lockdown just as I completed my purchase, stress levels were through the roof. However, Grant Berry were there every step of the way offering their support and expertise, always at the end of the telephone and extremely professional. Observing social distancing when it came to delivering my keys on day of completion with a smile and gift, thank you for your support and I wish you all the very best going forward as we start to come out of this lockdown period.
Diane Unwin | 20 May, 2020
The most friendly, supportive and professional estate agents I have ever had the pleasure of instructing. House selling is stressful emotionally, physically and when you are a single parent, these things are even more so. Andrew Berry and his partner Anna-Marie Grant, could not have worked harder and been more committed to selling my house and provided me with the support I required all the time. A truly magnificent firm, professional, reliable, prompt, supportive, and a pleasure to work with.
Zoe Kirby | 13 May, 2020
Very pleasant experience. I bought and sold the house through Grant Berry, it was all very easy with their help. I would recommend them to everyone without any hesitation.
Alena Vachtova | 11 May, 2020
I purchased my house through Grant Berry. I am very pleased with the service provided by this agency. Andrew Berry was extremely helpful in all matters pertaining to the house purchase. Very helpful, courteous and always giving me updates on progress. He acted as a very good intermediary between myself and the seller and was instrumental in the successful purchase. Thoroughly recommended.
Alan Milne | 7 April, 2020
The team at Grant Berry have been friendly, responsive and professional throughout our house selling process. The effort taken by them to capture high quality photos really helped our property standout and attracted a large number of viewings. At every step of the process they have kept us well informed and in a timely manner. I highly recommend their services.
Daniel Rice | 1 March, 2020
Amazing service!! My flat was sold extremely quickly and at the asking price. Andrew was super helpful, friendly and quick throughout and I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better service. Highly recommend!
Isabel Ferreira | 20 February, 2020
I bought my house a few years ago through Grant Berry and when it was time to sell tecently I had no hesitation in using them to sell it! They are professional, personal and reliable too! Highly recommended
Vanessa Benton | 14 February, 2020
From our first meeting with Andrew through to the final key is being delivered we can only comment that the service was first class and we wouldn't hesitate in recommending Andrew and his team .
Nigel Lister | 13 February, 2020
I used Grant Berry to sell my late aunt\'s house in Newmarket. my aunt used them to sell her previous house And I know that she liked Andrew.I saw three firms. Andrew\'s knowledge and enthusiasm were obvious. He gave a higher valuation than the other 2 firms but was very confident in his valuation. We accepted an offer for the full asking price very quickly. their entire approach is fantastic and they excel in keeping the overall process moving, making sure that things are dealt with promptly by the right people and ensuring that communication is good. Brilliant.
James Tinworth | 9 February, 2020
Professional from start to finish and excellent feedback after property viewings. Wouldn’t hesitate in recommending them to anyone who was thinking of putting their house on the market.
Nicola Mitchell | 13 January, 2020
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