In just a few weeks winter will be back with us again, bringing Christmas and all of its fun festivities. Christmas is a magical time of year, but as a busy parent, you’ll know there are a million and one things to think about!
Seeing friends and family is one of the best things about the season, but if you’re house proud it means there’s probably a fair bit of work to be done.
Plus with the change of weather, our homes are in need of some serious winter-proofing. Making sure all of this is done early will mean everything runs as smoothly as possible right through to the spring.
Most of us are done out in the garden for the year now the weather has taken a turn for the worst. If you’re lucky you might still have some flowers blooming and prettying up your garden, but before long most things will die back.
Unless you’re a hardcore gardener, now is the time to tidy your tools away. Move your mower to the back of the shed, and bring your leaf blower, rake and snow shovel to the front. Now is a good time to review your garden storage.
Clear the gutters on your house and any outbuildings which can become blocked with leaf litter and cause leaks.
Turn the water supply off to your outdoor tap/ pipes, or at the very least cover them with insulation. This will prevent them from becoming damaged or bursting when the temperatures drop to freezing over winter.
Having a clear and tidy garden makes a good first impression when guests arrive, as it’s the first thing they will see when coming to your home.
The last thing you want over the Christmas period is to be troubled by heating issues! If your boiler plays up, you can end up with no hot water or heating.
If this happens to fall on one of the festive bank holidays, you’ll pay well over the odds to have someone come out and sort it.
A boiler service should be done once a year and will cost you around £70. But it’s money well spent, and could potentially save you an awful lot more if it prevents anything major going wrong. Suppliers like British Gas offer their own boiler insurance and maintenance schemes. Just make sure you shop around.
November is a great time to tackle any repairs and finish up any projects before the worst of the year’s weather hits. It could be a bit of painting, filling in cracks or holes in walls, finishing up some tiling or anything else that you’ve been putting off.
Having the house in tip-top condition means you’re ready for your Christmas guests and are free to hang your decorations and make your home look beautiful come December.
Now that the evenings are darker, it’s a great time to review your home security in general – particularly your home alarm system.
When children are getting things like new toys, clothes and books for Christmas you could clear out the ones they’re no longer using. Put anything sentimental up in the attic, and donate the rest to charity. This could make a less fortunate child’s Christmas, so it’s a win-win.
Finally, getting everywhere clean and tidy in anticipation of guests is a good idea. You could do the kinds of jobs that don’t usually get done on a regular cleaning day. Hire a Rug Doctor and clean all of your carpets. Wash curtains, clean windows and pull out large furniture items and vacuum behind them. That way, if you get a text or phone call from a visitor saying they’re popping over in ten minutes, you only need to do a spot of tidying before they arrive.