Get your property ready for Spring with these eight DIY tips

Christina Hoghton
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Christina Hoghton

Do it yourself or get the professionals in, but don’t neglect small property problems as they can quickly turn into large and expensive ones

With the worst of winter hopefully behind us, now is a good time to assess your property and see if the bad weather has caused any damage.

If so, you’ll want to remedy any problems and prepare your property for Spring. But should you do it yourself or get the professionals in?

There’s no right answer but, in some cases, investing in professional help can ensure the job is done correctly and save you more in the long run. There are other jobs where it’s just as easy to do it yourself.

Tradesperson comparison website HaMuch.com has highlighted eight areas where paying out a few hundred pounds for DIY materials or a skilled tradesperson could save you big compared to the worst-case scenarios of calling in professional help if the problem is left neglected for months on end.

Checking the pipes
The cold winter months can cause damage and blockages within our pipes and as the weather thaws it’s important to check everything is still in working order. It can be relatively cheap to pick up pipe cleaning kits and solutions but it’s even worth the £80 or so that it would cost to have them professionally cleaned. Why? Even the most basic of blockage removals can cost as much as £100 and the cost of a brand new system can spiral even further!

Fencing can often take a battering during the winter, particularly with the strong winds seen in recent weeks. Fence panels can cost as little as £20 a piece, with posts coming in at around the same price so if you have a hole in your fence it pays to fix it quickly. The longer you leave it the more likely it is that the damage will spread due to the weak link and replacing a whole fence can cost as much as £900!

The roof
Much like a fence, a little damage to the roof can be quick and cost next to nothing to repair. A minor roof repair will come in at around £100, but leave it and let the damage spread and you’re looking at £300 for a more substantial repair and as much as £4,000 for a full tile replacement.

Gutters and downpipes
These are easily damaged or blocked when the weather is poor and leaves are falling from the trees. Having them cleaned professionally is a good shout and costs as little as £5 a metre. Leave it until the damage is done and you’re looking at £30 per metre for a replacement gutter and £25 for a new downpipe, which can soon spiral into hundreds of pounds.

Patio and decking
Patio and decking is usually pretty durable stuff but it still needs some TLC. Cleaning materials can cost as little as £15 or a few hundred pounds to either hire a professional cleaner or to buy your own machine. A completely new patio, however, will set you back £1,500 while a new decking comes in at £800 on average.

Brickwork is your primary defense against the seasons and just like your roof it can take a battering during the winter. The freeze and thaw process can cause the pointing between bricks to degrade and this can cause major problems if left as it is.

In this instance, it’s best to get the help of a professional and repointing will cost between £20-£30 per square metre from a good tradesperson. Leave it until the whole house is in need and you’re facing a bill that can run between £1000-£1500.

Paint protection
It doesn’t matter if you’re talking about the inside or outside of your home, paint is your property’s first line of defense against the elements and the rigors of day to day life. Cracks may seem like a small problem but they soon spread causing the paint to flake, in turn leaving the soft underbelly of your home exposed.

Keeping on top of the job yourself can mean forking out for paint and materials for as little as £35. Caving in and hiring a professional because your home has passed the point of DIY return could cost you up to £400!

The garden
Last but not least, the garden is another area that gets woefully neglected over the winter months. It can seem a mammoth task but rolling up your sleeves with £50 worth of maintenance materials is far cheaper than leaving it until it requires a professional gardener, which usually comes in at £50 an hour with a minimum of two to three hours work required.

Founder and CEO of HaMuch.com, Tarquin Purdie, said: “Spring is almost upon us and with it comes a long list of DIY chores after months of cold and wet winter weather.

“For the large part, these will be small jobs that don’t require a full overhaul but be warned, neglecting these small tasks can soon see them snowball into much larger, more serious problems.

“With these tips, you should find a good balance between DIY jobs you can handle yourself and the smaller jobs that require a bit of budget for a skilled tradesperson. But by keeping on top of them and catching them in the early stages, you’ll end up spending a few hundred pounds, rather than thousands.”