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Putting Your House In Order

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As we all gradually start coming to terms with the end of summer we may be lucky enough to enjoy a few weeks when the weather is still pleasant and we can relax a little, before commencing preparations for Christmas and the onset of winter.

Now is the time to ensure that your property is fully wind and watertight, with no loose slates, tiles or other items. The drains, gulleys and gutters should be cleared once the leaves have fallen and you may just have time to paint any areas of woodwork which need protecting. Any unexplained damp patches should be fully investigated as any prolonged rain will only worsen the problem.

Autumn is also the perfect opportunity to take some time to make plans for the coming year and to prioritise any works which are required. Obtaining estimates now will mean that preparations can be made well in advance if necessary and as soon as the better weather comes in the spring, you will be ready to start immediately.

If you are planning any more major improvement works then contact architects or surveyors now as they are often very busy and the sooner your plans are drawn up and any Planning Approvals or Building Regulations issues agreed, then the sooner you can go ahead.

Unless you like to use a regular contractor, then always try to obtain at least three quotes for works of any size. In order to be able to compare them properly, they must all be working from the same details and specification. The cheapest quote is not necessarily the best as consideration should also be given to when the builder would be able to start, how long they will take to complete the works and how much disruption the proposals will cause.

Once your preparations are in place and the chosen contractor booked in to start work in the spring, then you can sit back and look forward to next summer which hopefully will be another good one.

Harcourts - Property management services in Hampshire. Specailising in renting properties in Southampton, property development in Southampton, flats in Southampton, block management in Southampton, landlord services in Southampton and houses in Southampton.

If you need advice on any of the above points, particularly if you are dealing with a tenanted property, then please contact Harcourts on 023 8063 7438, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or go to our website www.harcourts-property.co.uk.

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