We might have enjoyed a dry summer for once, but, with autumn just around the corner, leaks and damp at home are something we all need to watch out for.
Without you even realising, your garden could contain a thug of the plant world, a thug which spreads like wildfire and is so invasive it could wreck your chances of selling your home. The name of this terrible thug? Japanese knotweed.
There are two types of rot - wet and dry - and, while neither is ideal in your home, one is much more worrying than the other.
The idea of your home having subsidence is pretty scary, and dry spells like the one we're currently having make it even more likely. The good news, though, is that it won't necessarily be as difficult to remedy as you might think.
Really high ceilings are a fantastic architectural feature and can also be used to create an extra room, something that's useful day-to-day and will add instant value to your home. With a mezzanine level (an internal balcony overlooking the space below), you can add a room more easily and - usually - for less money than converting your loft or cellar or building an extension.
Period properties have enduring appeal and one of the main reasons is their original features, which add value and look lovely.
Exterior maintenance can be easily overlooked, but it's just as important as maintaining your home's interior - if not more so.
This (so far) lacklustre summer has probably convinced you that having a conservatory is a good idea. Hot, sunny days seem to be a thing of the past, but with a conservatory, you can still enjoy the garden while remaining safely under cover.
The most environmentally friendly option is obviously using the flooring you already have. Do you have concealed original floorboards or parquet flooring that can be sanded and varnished or painted? In old houses, there are sometimes hidden gems like original stone or tiled floors that haven't been seen for years. They may need a little TLC, but they make a great feature, and restoring what's there is a lot more eco than buying new flooring.
Period wooden floors are practical and they look fantastic, but they don't come trouble-free. Firstly, they can be draughty, because filling any small gaps or insulating underneath doesn't always work well. Another problem with original floorboards is that they've often been patched up over the years with newer boards. This obviously needs to be done if they're in a bad state, but it can be hard to match old and new when you sand and stain them. Paint and dark stains work better than clear stains, or you can replace newer boards with reclaimed period ones.