Ted, once again, what are you doing? Why are you wearing that beard? Why are there high-vis jackets strewn everywhere?
Isn’t it obvious?
I’M QUITE OBVIOUSLY BEING THE MAN, THE LEGEND, THAT IS NICK KNOWLES
All right, all right keep your fur on! I’ll bite. Why are you dressed as Nick Knowles?
Well, the leaves are turning different colours and my toes feel a bit colder when we go on walks now.
So it must be autumn.
I still don’t know why that means you need to dress up like—
I’m a massive fan of DIY SOS, all right! And I’ve got his album on my iPawd.
He’s got an album?
Of course he has, the man’s a genius. And I bet if he was my friend, he wouldn’t give me half as much sass as you do.
Look bud, I’m just glad you’ve actually got something that might be useful to blog about. Why don’t you put on a husky Nick voice and give us a list of things that everyone should be doing to make sure any impending cold weather doesn’t cause them unnecessary problems?
Right you are, Smudge!
TED’S TOP TENANT TIPS: KEEPING YOUR HOME WARM AND DRY THIS WINTER
Turn your heating on a bit early
At this point, it’s quite likely you’ve not had the heating on at all in 6 or 7 months so you won’t know if there isn’t anything working. It’s a good idea to turn it on very soon to check that all of your radiators work. If they don’t, that gives you time to report it and your letting agent or landlord to call someone out to fix it before it gets cold and plumbers are all booked up with other people’s emergencies.
Check your pipes
If you have an outdoor tap, it’s a good idea to give it a glance. Are there any signs of a leak, like damp patches around the damp or pipes? If there is, it’s worth reporting now for someone to have a look, if the pipe gets frozen it could be made an awful lot worse!
Check the roof
Don’t look at me like that Smudge! I’m absolutely not suggesting that tenants should climb a ladder and closely inspect their roof. However, if you can stand back away from the property and look up, you might be able to tell if there’s anything that looks seriously dodgy, like a broken roof tile or one at a bit of a funny angle. If so, once again REPORT IT and you could prevent a more serious roof malfunction in the event of strong winds or driving rain.
I must say Ted, I’m speechless. I’m actually really impressed – it’s normally me blessing the readers with sensible information and you coming up with the hare-brained schemes
Here we go.
We could go round with clipboards and check everything ourselves to give peace of mind to tenants. And I could wear my high vis so I look the part. You could be the Billy to my Nick!
There are quite a few problems with that, the two main ones being that nothing inspires confidence in tradesmen like opposable thumbs, and not being a dog. We are the opposite of both of those things. And you would absolutely not be able to control your clipboard if there was a cat.
Hmmmmphh. Fun sponge!
Editors note: We would just like to confirm that Smudge and Ted will NOT be forming any kind of property inspection team now, or ever.
This week Ted & Smudge are discussing top tips for tenants checking their home and reporting maintenance issues before winter hits. If you’d like to speak to one of the Maxine Lester team about property maintenance, give us a call on 01480 494 939.