In other parts of the world, Summer is in full swing now and it’s probably too late to do any home improvements or renovations to prepare for the heat. Perhaps, you wanted to fix the air conditioning or maybe you wanted to get the garden ready for summer parties, but you simply didn’t have enough time to finish them before summer came around. Sadly, there’s not much you can do now, so why not prepare for the next big seasonal change: winter.
Winter comes with a lot of challenges depending on where you live. For some, it’s a time of white snow and frosty roads. For others, it’s just a cold, damp mess with a lot of rain. No matter what situation you’ll be in, make sure you’re prepared with some of these tips. Remember; it’s never too late to prepare for winter!
Clear the gutters This is a tedious task especially if getting access to your gutters is hard, but it’s essential that you clean up any leaves that are already starting to fall onto your roof and slide down into the gutters. The more junk that’s left in your gutters, the more tiresome it will be to clear out when the rain starts to pour down. Ensure that you’re giving your roof a good examination while you’re up there as well. You don’t want any cracks to appear during the transition to winter, and since it’s nice and hot outside, it’s easy to climb onto the roof and inspect it without fear of it raining on top of you.
Purchase new bedding Now that it’s summer, you’ve probably swapped to lighter bedding with thinner and more breathable materials. If you live in a really hot environment, then you may have even replaced your mattress for something a little cooler such as latex. Since they’re not in high demand right now, you can get fantastic deals on winter bedding such as cotton sateen & cotton percale linen. You might also be able to pick up a few more comfortable pillows while you’re at it. Since there are still a few months until winter kicks in, now would be the best time to stock up on any kind of winter clothing as well.
Ensure your boiler is working You don’t use your boiler nearly as much in the summer as you do the winter, but it’s still important to carry out regular maintenance checks to ensure it’s working. Make sure your central heating is working perfectly and if you’re using smart home technology, give it a trial run now and then to keep it active. The last thing you want is for the boiler to break as soon as the cold weather arrives, so make sure you take this step very seriously!
Fix siding and cracks If the summer heat is warping your siding or causing cracks to form around your windows, then you’ll want to use some caulk to seal up the holes. This will prevent drafts from entering your home during the winter and lowering the overall temperature of your home. Unfortunately, it’s a lot harder to detect drafts during the summer, so this might take a long time if you have a large home.
Check ceiling fans can be reversed One of the main mistakes people make when using ceiling fans is they don’t understand there are two options. One is to blow air down to create a breeze so you can keep cool during the summer. The other is to blow air upwards to keep the room warmer during the winter. Make sure your ceiling fan can be reversed by testing it. Simply stand under the fan and switch the settings around. If it doesn’t work, you may want to speak with a repairman or double check your remote has batteries and is working.
Prepare the garden If you spend a lot of time tending to your garden, then you’ll know what it feels like to get ready for the winter. You’ll need to stock up on refuse sacks for when you remove weeds and dried plants, and you’ll need to clean out the shed so that you can store all of your gardening equipment and tools. This step is better done closer to winter, but it’s never a bad idea to prepare a plan of action.
While it might be too early for some to start worrying about the winter, there’s almost no chance of you being unprepared if you plan ahead early. Make sure your entire home is pristine and ready to brave the winter, and you’ll thank yourself when you’re knee-deep in snow.