Whilst we may traditionally hold out until spring to begin cleaning our homes from top-to-bottom following the winter months, many forget about autumn as a season to also rejuvenate our homes in preparation for the harsher weather to come.
With the kids back at school and summer slowly drawing to a close, we’ve put together some of our best tips for making sure your home is autumn-ready for the months ahead. With a bit of light home maintenance, cleaning and TLC, your house will be ready to face the near-approaching elements before they come into full effect.
Clean out guttering and drains
As an area of the house often overlooked, gutters and drains can accumulate a wealth of build-up following the summer months – with even more to be anticipated once autumn is in full swing as trees begin to shed their leaves.
Neglecting this area of the property can cause issues down the line, as pipes may clog and/or break from debris – potentially resulting in water damage to the home. Making sure these are cleared before autumn sets in will help prevent minor issues turning into expensive ones
Fill the gaps in windows and doors
Approaching the colder months, it may be worthwhile checking over some of the areas in your house which could be letting in a draft.
Common areas to check could be windows and doors, especially if they are old. Not only can poorly insulated doors and windows make the house colder, but they could also be costing you, as you’ll spend more to heat your home. It may even be worth considering replacing windows and doors if they are not energy efficient, as it could potentially save you money on energy bills in the long run.
Consider insulating pipes
As the colder autumn month’s approach, the pipes used to heat our homes start to be put through their paces more so than during the hotter summer months. As they being to conduct heat more often from the boiler, it may be worth insulating them so that you’ll save on your energy bills.
Installing pipe insulation is often simple; something that the average homeowner can do themselves. Most popular home/DIY retailers stock insulation, so if you’re pipes are still exposed, cover them up and save some money!
Freshen up blankets and bedding
As the summer months end and the temperature begins to drop, we often rely on our blankets to keep us warm and comfortable during the colder months.
In anticipation for autumn, it may be worthwhile doing a big wash of all the blankets and bedding in your home ahead of the colder days. You don’t want to be fishing out a dirty blanket from the back of the cupboard when you need one! Likewise, you may want to also prepare any winter bedding; getting them washed in advance will certainly save you from any disappointment later.
Arrange for your boiler to be serviced
If you haven’t had your boiler serviced in the last year, it may be a good idea to consider booking one in before the autumn months are in full swing.
Having your boiler serviced in anticipation of the colder months will save you the trouble of potentially having to fix it when you need it the most. Don’t wait until it’s too late!
We hope out tips will ensure your home is ready for autumn! If you need general property advice, do feel free to get in touch with us here.