Advice on improvements, repairs and maintenance to look after your home. Where to find advice on DIY skills and safety.
Regular maintenance will help you keep your home in good shape:
These are mainly issues the council is unable to help you with directly, but this section provides you with links and contacts for help and advice, including how to deal with asbestos in your home:
DIY Advice and Training Courses
Before embarking on a DIY project, it is essential that you take the proper safety precautions. Remember that, if in any doubt, always consult a professional. Be realistic with DIY jobs – a qualified person should always do gas or electrical renewal or repair work.
Most of the DIY chains produce 'How to' leaflets to help you tackle a range of home improvement works yourself.
The BBC publishes extensive information online including safety advice and step by step project guides - use our link to their website from this page.
Sussex Downs College runs a range of DIY courses locally. For further information visit their website using our link, or telephone 01323 637600.
Preventing Damage to Your Home
Fixing small problems quickly can save you money in the long run:
Roof - look for missing and cracked slates or tiles.
Gutters - regularly clear any blockages, replace cracked sections.
Pipes - check for any signs of leaks or dripping overflow pipes.
Doors and windows - check for missing sealant where they are fixed to the walls. Look out for any signs of rotting wood, missing putty or flaking paint.
Walls - make sure airbricks are clear and that earth or paving is at least 6 inches below floor level. Check for cracks and crumbling brickwork or mortar.