We love the wintertime: the days when the air is incredibly clear and fresh, the snowfall, and the cold winter nights spent by the fire.
However, although there are many reasons to love winter, as we all know there is a less romantic side. Every winter we have our fair share of wind, rain and frost so it is important to start preparing your home for the colder weather to come. Here are a few tips:-
- Look after your chimney
During the winter there’s nothing to beat a wood burner or open fire to create a cosy and warm atmosphere in the home – but equally it’s crucial that your chimney flue pipes or ventilation pipe is swept a minimum of once a year by a qualified chimney sweep. They will provide you with a certificat de ramonage – and if the wood burner is your main source of heat and used regularly, we advise that twice a year is best. This reduces the chances of a potentially damaging chimney fire and will give you peace of mind.
- Check and clean your guttering
During the autumn leaves and other debris can accumulate in your gutters. And if they become blocked, the water can spill over the side causing other problems such as mould or even damage to the foundations. So it is wise to check and clean your guttering now before it is too late.
- Check your heating system
If you have an oil or gas central heating system, don’t forget to have this serviced annually to ensure it stays well maintained and runs as efficiently as possible.
These are just a few tips to get your property ready for winter.
One final tip. The French government has recently extended the criteria for its Maprimerenov’ grant scheme, which means that more homeowners are eligible to apply for the financial assistance for energy efficiency and insulation type work. Please get in touch if you wish to discuss further.
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Grant & Joeline Norris
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