The days are getting shorter, and there’s certainly a chill in the air. With stores already stocking Christmas gifts and decorations, it’s safe to say that winter is on its way. Is your home ready for it? Winter can be a harsh time for our homes, so taking the time to get yours in order now could save you a lot of problems later on in the year.
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Make sure your home is ready for the colder months with these five ways to prepare your home for winter.
1. Get your home in order
The winter season is a key time for having guests in your home. Between Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year, you could find yourself with various relatives and friends dropping by, so making sure your home is ready to receive is a must. Get your home in order by tackling the deep cleaning, clearing out the clutter and rearranging your home so that it is ready for the coming months.
2. Make sure your insurance is up to date
Insurance is important at any time of year, but it’s especially important during the winter months where things can go wrong because of the weather, or your home becomes a target for thieves. You can never predict the future, so now is the perfect time to look over any insurance policies you have and to renew them to make sure you’re covered for winter.
3. Take care of essential maintenance
Winter can make existing problems around your home worse. From a leaky roof to a temperamental heater, you don’t want to be caught short by needing repairs in the thick of the holidays. Book in some essential maintenance now, such as an electrical inspection, septic tank service, gas checks and more to ensure you’re good to go for the winter period. Keep all of your emergency numbers to hand so that you’ve got them ready in case something goes wrong this winter.
4. Prevent flooding
Flooding can cause significant damage to your property and have a devastating effect on your family. Winter weather can increase the risk of flooding, so it’s worth taking measures to prevent flooding now to prevent any future problems. Things you can do include checking for structural damage, getting in emergency supplies and carrying out maintenance around your pipes and water system. Flooding isn’t always preventable, but taking any precautions you can to ease its effects will be beneficial in the long-term.
5. Heat your home effectively
A cold home is unpleasant and avoidable, and if you take the right measures, you can heat your home without overheating your utility bills. Measures such as shutting the drapes, using hot water bottles, blocking drafts and making sure your pipes don’t freeze will help you to keep your home warm during the colder months. Remember to invest in some good blankets and loungewear to help bring additional warmth during the coldest of weather.
Winter happens every year, so there’s no excuse for not being prepared. Start your winter home preparations now so that you can relax and look forward to the festive season ahead.