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Homeowners Seasonal Checklist

Posted Date: 02nd Aug 2012

Courtesy of the Federation of Master Builders please find below a useful checklist of seasonal maintenance work for your home.



  • Check, mend fences and treat with wood preservative

  • Check outbuildings for winter damage

  • Check exterior timber for signs of decay

  • Clean algae from paths and patios, repoint joints, seal

  • Check exterior paintwork and make a painting plan of action

  • Consider getting external timber work replaced with low maintenance PVC-U

  • Restore and clean garden furniture




  • Remove old and blistered paint from timber door and window frames

  • Repaint window frames and woodwork - avoid painting in hot sun! (The paint may blister)

  • Replace crumbling pointing

  • Replace damaged guttering and rusted cast-iron guttering with a modern alternative




  • Complete exterior painting before damp weather sets in

  • Check exterior lighting is working before daylight fades

  • Check gutters and downpipes for blockages

  • Clear out the shed - clean, treat and put away furniture

  • Make sure missing or damaged tiles and slates have been replaced




  • Check drains and gulley and add a drain tidy

  • Replace damaged locks on sheds and outhouses

  • Check draught proofing around letterbox, doors, windows

  • Make sure you have a supply of rock salt for sprinkling on slippery paths


Did you know?


  • You need planning permission to build a wall over 1m high on the boundary of a public highway or footpath

  • Excessive trespass deterrents, such as broken glass along a wall, could lead to criminal prosecution if injuries are sustained by passers by

  • Overhanging branches from next door can be cut down up to the boundary, but are still the neighbour's property.

  • You have access to a neighbour's property to carry out certain works, such as clearing your drains