While winter brings us the joys of Christmas and new year, it isn't all snowballs and reindeers. The harsh reality is that winter can cause some real damage to us and our homes (not to mention our heating bills!).
So, to help you save money and take better care of your property this winter, we've put together a piece for tenants advice in Sittingbourne.
Not only will keeping your property warm make living in it a more pleasurable experience, but it will also help stop mould growth, which in turn can cause major damage to the property and your health. Although it should be the responsibility of your landlord to manage any damp that may be growing, it's a good idea to keep an eye on it yourself.
Keep windows and doors shut. You may have heard your parents say it a lot when you were growing up, but there's truth to it! Keeping windows and doors shut is one of the most cost-effective ways to keep your property warm and reduce your heating bills. Put your radiators on timers. You might not believe it, but your radiator doesn't need to be on at all times. So, only put it on when the temp really drops!
While you might already have a doormat down, you must use it! The winter churns up the ground outside as well as makes everything wetter! As a result, you will be traipsing in more dirt than you usually would throughout the rest of the year.
This will not only bring dirt into the rest of your house, but it will also upset your landlord. Remember, any damage you cause to the property will be paid for out of your deposit, so make sure not to muddy the carpets too much!
Although you might want to dry your socks a bit quicker, it's important to ensure that the heat can escape from your radiators; otherwise, the rest of your property won't get the heat it needs, and you'll be wasting energy.
Also, make sure that none of your furniture is blocking the radiator - this is easy to do if your property is small, but it's essential that the heat can escape properly.
This might be pretty anxiety-inducing to any hoarders reading this, but there's never a better time to get rid of what you don't need than during the wintertime.
You're going to be spending more time inside than ever, so it's a good idea to get rid of any clutter to make more room for you and whoever you live with.
We hope this guide for renters has been helpful, but if you’d like to know more about property maintenance during the winter period, or you’re looking for a new property to rent, speak to our team today.