The days are getting shorter and you wish you could stay in the warmth of your bed for five more minutes in the morning – these are synonyms that winter is on its way (maybe you wish you could stay in bed for five more minutes during the other seasons, but you know what I mean, it’s cosy and warm inside while outside it’s freezing cold).
Before the peak of the colder months arrives, it’s important to prepare your home for the worst of the weather. Rain, strong winds, icy cold weather and snow can really impact your home during this time of the year plus, if your home is not winter-ready it might mean that something might break down and leave you in a freezing home. Nobody wants that! To prevent this nightmare from happening, I’ve put together some tips to ensure your home is ready for the colder months ahead.
Clean the gutters.
An article on the Washington Post advises to clean your home gutters once the leaves are pretty much off the trees, and I agree! The last thing you want is for your gutters to overflow and then have water leaking into your roof.
Get your boiler serviced.
It’s important to have your boiler serviced annually. I know that it’s easy to forget about doing it during the warmer months, however, do you want to take cold showers during winter? To ensure this never happens, get a professional to do service your boiler every year.
Insulate and draughtproof.
If you haven’t already, you should insulate your loft space and draughtproof your windows and doors. Draughtproofing your windows and doors can be easily done with insulating strips, whilst insulating your loft might be a task for a professional. An article on Homebuilding & Renovating also highlights these tasks as essentials jobs to complete before winter comes.
Check outdoor lighting.
With the days getting shorter, the dark also comes earlier and the last thing you want is to come home and your front porch light isn’t working properly, meaning that you can’t see the keyhole and can’t get home to the warmth. So, double-check that your exterior lights are working fine and if not, repair or install new lighting.
Don’t forget the radiators.
The Handy Squad, handyman service in London, wrote an article about winterproofing a home and they recommend bleeding radiators if you feel like they are cold at the top and warm at the bottom. It’s easy and will ensure your home stays warm during the winter.
Do an energy audit.
It’s also important to get a professional to conduct an energy audit. A professional will be able to find any faults with your electrical circuit and appliances and fix them before it’s too late.
Once you’ve done all of these, you can rest assured that you’ll be ready for a pleasant(ish) winter, at least from the inside your home whilst sipping on some hot chocolate. What else do you really need? Maybe some whipped cream and marshmallows for your hot chocolate, nothing else.