Your home is likely to be your most valuable investment, and it’s important to look after it with some basic home maintenance. Most damage to properties relates to water ingress and is perfectly preventable. We’ve included some annual checks below that the average homeowner can carry out themselves. Checking Drains You can lift drain covers to inspection chambers around your property to check that water is draining effectively, jet washing by a professional may be required if water is ponding. Decoration to Timber Maintaining wooden windows and doors is an important way to preserve your home. Every year wash down the paintwork and check for any pealing or cracked paintwork to be renewed. Gutters and Rainwater Leaks Every winter, clear any vegetation and silt from gutters, flat roofs and drainage channels. Look for any leaking gutters and downpipes (best done during heavy rain to see water coming from any leaky joints). If leaking, the rubber seal around the joint may need to be replaced. Roof Coverings Checking the roof for damaged or slipped tiles is another important task. Even a relatively small gap can let in water which could damage the building’s fabric. It’s much easier and cheaper to have a tile fixed than replace rafters rotted through years of neglect. Roofs can be checked from the inside – look for chinks of daylight in the attic and outside using binoculars. By carrying out basic home maintenance on a regular basis you are likely to spot any issues early giving a better chance of solving the problem quickly and cost-effectively. Please note:this information is intended for general information purposes and should not be seen as professional advice. It is important to talk directly to an RICS accredited Building Surveyor and/or Architectural Designer to discuss your individual circumstances.