As the holiday season approaches, it’s the perfect time to ensure that your home is not only festive but also safe and well-maintained. To help you enjoy a stress-free and magical holiday, we’ve prepared “The Twelve Days of Building Surveying: A Holiday Checklist for Homeowners.” Follow this checklist to address essential building surveying tasks during the festive season.
Roof and Gutter Inspection
Check your roof for any loose or damaged shingles.
Clear gutters and downspouts to prevent clogs and water damage.
Chimney and Fireplace
Schedule a chimney inspection to ensure it’s safe for holiday festivities.
Clean the fireplace and ensure the damper is functioning correctly.
Inspect holiday lights and decorations for damaged cords and bulbs.
Avoid overloading electrical outlets, using power strips or extension cords as needed.
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are in working order.
Replace batteries if needed.
Schedule a professional HVAC inspection to ensure your heating system is running efficiently and safely.
Windows and Doors
Inspect window seals for drafts and apply weatherstripping as necessary.
Check door seals and replace weatherstripping if needed.
Ensure outdoor lighting is functioning correctly and securely installed to prevent accidents.
Protect pipes from freezing by insulating exposed areas.
Locate and shut off the water supply to outdoor faucets.
Tree and Decorations Safety
Safely secure your Christmas tree to prevent tipping.
Place decorations out of reach of children and pets.
Holiday Decorations Storage
Properly store decorations to maintain their quality for future use.
Label storage containers to easily find your holiday items next year.
Verify that your fire extinguishers are accessible and have not expired.
Review Emergency Procedures
Familiarise your family with evacuation plans and emergency contacts.
Create a holiday emergency kit with essentials like torches, first aid supplies, and important documents.
By following “The Twelve Days of Building Surveying” checklist, you can ensure that your home is not only ready for the holiday festivities but also safe and well-prepared for the winter season. Wishing you a joyful and worry-free holiday season! 🎄🏠
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