With winter just around the corner and you’re contemplating putting your property on the market the last thing you want is to have your internal decorations spoiled by damp.
So as part of your de-cluttering plan why not build in some general maintenance to your plan? The same plan you were going to create following your walk round when you renewed your insurance policy.
So what do you look for?
Firstly, have a look at the inside walls to see if there are any signs of damp on the external walls.
Next, check behind any large items of furniture or sofas that may be pushed up against a wall. Check behind the curtains as well whilst you’re at it.
Externally there is every chance that gutters and drainpipes have got a build up of leaves or moss. If your property has timber floors there will be air vents in the external walls, make sure these are clear. If they are broken then replace them otherwise it might be very easy for vermin to get into the house.
Have a good look at the external walls, is the pointing missing or is the rendering cracked. If so then carry out essential maintenance.
Last, but probably the most important, check that the ground surface has not bridged the damp proof course. If so reduce the level to about 15 centimetres below the vent.