NOW is the time to fix up your home before colder weather sets in – and ensure long-term savings.

But you don’t always need a professional, and can save up to £5,000 with a bit of DIY, says tools firm These are their top tips . . . 

TRIM BRANCHES AND TIDY SHRUBS: If these become overgrown, they can cause problems such as scratched windows. Often the windows will then need replacing — a cost you could avoid with some quick and easy clipping and tidying.

REMOVE IVY AND PLANTS: While ivy may look nice, it can do a lot of damage. As well as stealing nutrients from other plants in the garden, it can also affect brickwork. Cut back growth now to stop it becoming a bigger, more expensive job.

PAINT EXTERNAL WALLS: A new coat on the exterior of your home can be well worth it, with experts suggesting this can add five per cent to its sale value. Hiring a labourer for this could cost £1,500 because they are likely to charge up to £300 a day, and the average home takes three to five days to paint.

You will need around 30 litres of outdoor paint but can source that for around £100. So if you have some time, and strong arms, take the opportunity now to make your home look good.

CHECK LOFTS AND GUTTERS: Seal any openings or holes that are a quarter of an inch or more wide with caulk or mesh and check for bugs’ or wasps’ nests. Left alone, these can do serious damage. But always check the removal rules on your local authority website.

ENSURE ROOF IS IN TIP-TOP SHAPE: The toughest time will be the six-month period after summer, when the bad weather happens. The average cost to replace up to five tiles is £170, assuming these can be easily sourced. Checking this yourself could save you £165, with tiles costing around just £1 each.

CLEAN FRIDGE, DEFROST FREEZER: A replacement for both could cost more than £400. Keep them in good shape with regular cleaning to avoid forking out for new ones.

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