While the summer is the season of the year that offers the most fun, it doesn’t last for too long and it makes sense for homeowners to spend some time in summer preparing for autumn. Autumn can be an immensely enjoyable time of year, with a lot of people enjoying crisp days and the look of leaves on trees, but the temperature starts to dip and it may be a wetter time of year. This is why the end of summer is the ideal time of year to prepare your home for autumn.
There are a number of things you can do around the home to prepare your home for autumn but one of the most important steps is to check for draughts. This isn’t a long or difficult task, all you need to do is feel around the edges of your doors and windows to feel for cold air coming into your home. One tip that some people do to ensure they don’t overlook a draught is to place a lit candle near these areas and if the flame is flickering, you will have a draught coming in.
If you find that you have a draught, you should call on a specialist to repair or replace the seals around your door and window frames. You may also want to invest in draught excluders or heavier curtains to minimise the impact of cold air getting into your home.
If you have been considering having a new heating system installed, this is the ideal time of year to do so. Modern heating systems allow you to be connected and stay in control at all times, which is great when the weather can be changeable. If you are out and the weather is miserable, it is easy to plan ahead and ensure that your home is cosy and comfortable for the time you get back home.
This time of year is also the ideal time to make a few simple changes. It is a good opportunity to change the bedding at home, perhaps opting for something warmer. With the nights becoming colder and darker, there is a great deal to be said for creating a stronger sense of comfort at home, so changing your lighter summer linens for something more substantial is likely to make your home ready for autumn.
You will also find that this is the time of year to do some external checks at your property. One task that you want to take care of at the end of summer is cleaning out your guttering. Blocked leaves and debris can cause serious problems with respect to drainage, so it is best to be proactive on this matter. If you are confident and have the correct equipment, this is a task you can do yourself but it is easy to see why many people leave this work to the professionals. Working at height can be dangerous so it may be a task to leave to the experts.
This is also the ideal time to review your roof, checking for loose slates or any gaps or damaged parts of the ceiling. Again, this is often a task that is best left to the experts so feel free to rely on the professionals who have skills and experience of these matters.
You should also inspect the exterior of your home for any cracks or holes. In summer, holes may not cause much of a problem but in winter, when the rain becomes more frequent and the wind becomes a bigger challenge, any holes or cracks in your property can make home life very uncomfortable. This is why taking some time to check for holes, gaps or cracks, and then filling in these problems when you spot them, makes sense and will save time and money.
The end of summer is also a good time of year to carry out some work in your garden if you have one. You should examine your trees and make sure they are in good condition and ready to withstand the harsher weather conditions associated with autumn and winter. It is also recommended that you cut back your shrubs, flowers and bushes in line with the local climate.
This is also a great time of year to plant bulbs that will flower in spring time. If you are keen to have a colourful and enjoyable garden in the New Year, you can make amendments at this time that will have a big impact later on.
Hopefully there will be some nice weather at the end of summer to stave off the standard autumn temperatures, but there is a lot to be said for being prepared for the worst that comes our way. If you make a few changes and take action now, you will find your home is ready for whatever autumn can throw at it.