Winter is coming! And that means rainy weekends, warm comfort foods, winter hats and gloves and of course, cold weather. The bad weather over the winter months puts a lot of strain on how we get around, running errands, getting to and from work, the school run, doing the weekly food shop and so much more, but have you thought about the strain it puts on your house? It’s time to get your home ready for winter.
Making sure your home is ready for winter means so much more than getting a few extra blankets out and changing the kids’ duvets for thicker ones.
Unsure of where to start? Any of these areas is a very good place to begin your winter maintenance.
How to get your home ready for winter
Your heating and hot water
If you have an oil fired boiler then you need to arrange a delivery of oil that’s going to last throughout the cold months. Good news is that if you order now before the really cold weather sets in, you might be able to take advantage of your suppliers lower prices, check out Super Saver Oil for more information.
If you have a wood-fired stove then you’ll need to stock up on kindling, logs and make sure you have somewhere dry and safe to store them in the bad weather, you also need to take the time to clear out last year’s ashes and give everything a good clean. If you have a traditional boiler – now is the time to get it serviced.
Check your gutters
Thanks to the trees shedding their leaves, you get the pleasure of removing them from all your drains and gutters! Blocked gutters and drains can cause havoc when the cold, wet weather sets in. And they can cause all kind of damage to your property if a leaky gutter is consistently flowing into your bricks and mortar. Doing this task now will save you the trouble and the expense of fixing a bigger problem further down the line.
Prepare your windows
If you have a window that is letting in a draft then you’ll also be losing heat through it too – which won’t be helping your heating bills. For a quick fix get yourself some insulating tape and cover up all the cracks and gaps. This should do the trick until you can have the window repaired properly or your landlord gets round to fixing the problem. Check every room in the house – it’ll save you money on your heating bills too.
Put away your garden gear
If your outdoor tables and chairs, BBQ and kids outdoor toys are still lingering in the garden or backyard, then now is the time to admit defeat and finally put everything away until next year. Leaving your garden accessories at the mercy of the elements means that they’ll be in no fit state to use again the following year. Which means you’ll be paying out a fortune in new garden toys and furniture.
Taking good care of your house and garden in winter weather will save you money in the long run – and keep your insurance company happy too. How will you get your home ready for winter?