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The arrival of autumn means homeowners should shift their seasonal property maintenance towards their gutters, chimneys, and fireplaces advises Mike Greeff.

“Clear your gutters regularly during autumn when dry leaves accumulate, and ensure downpipes are unblocked and draining properly. Sagging gutters must be repaired, ” says the chief executive of Greeff Christie’s International Real Estate.

Owners should have their chimneys cleaned and fireplace serviced, particularly if it is a wood-burning stove. The same is true for a gas fire.

He says homeowners must undertake regular home maintenance and should set aside an amount into a designated fund every month.

The amount recommended is 1% to 3% of the purchase price of the home if bought in the past two years. If the home was bought three or more years ago, they should get a new property valuation and base the savings on 1% to 3% of that value.

“Having a fund means you can perform important maintenance tasks regularly and repair when needed.

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