How to Get Your Home Prepared for Autumn
Autumn is well on the way now and with it, the colder weather. Although it’s not unusual to still get some summery weather well into September.
There’s more of a chill in the air – especially first thing in the morning and last thing in the evening. The days are shortening, the nights are darker, and it seems to be harder by the day to get up in the morning.
With a different season, comes different requirements, for both you and your home. Even if you’re not fully mentally prepared for the autumnal season yourself, here are some top tips on how you can get your home ready for the Autumn.
Update Windows and Doors
Usually, when selling your home, one of the first things you’re likely to update are your windows and doors. Not only is this because they help make the overall appearance of the property more appealing.
It also helps to keep the home warmer in those winter months. And may likely to increase the value of your property. That being said, whether you’re selling your home or not, as the colder weather approaches, you should consider having these updated.
Updating your windows and doors, you’re likely to eliminate the risk of draughts in your home. Ultimately you won’t have to use your heating as much.
Not only is this good news for the planet, as lessening the amount you use your heat can hugely reduce your carbon footprint, but it could save you money on your energy bills too.
Autumn leading into Winter is without a doubt the time of year when people start to notice that their utility bills are skyrocketing.
Not only because it’s colder, but because you’re likely to spend more time in the house too with the weather not being as pleasant.
If you update your windows and doors, you can eliminate the use of unnecessary heating by blocking out draughts more efficiently.
Of course, likely, you’ll still need to use your heat on those really cold days – but you’ll notice the difference for sure!
Make Any Outdoor Repairs
A lot of the time, if your fence or gate is a little unstable, chances are they’ll make it through the Summer months virtually unscathed. The bad news is, that coming into the Autumn, they’re far less likely to have as easy a ride.
Strong winds can wreak havoc on the strongest of outdoor boundaries, so it’s a good idea to turn your attention to these outdoor repairs before the gale-force winds start.
Chances are if you fix them now, you’re going to save yourself a lot of money down the line.
Ensure they’re healthy, sturdy and they have no other issues such as damp and rot – if this is the case you may want to think about replacing them entirely.
Finally, a lick of robust and weather-resistant paint can make the exterior of your fence and gate look more appealing too, so it’s a good idea to finish it off like this.
Ensure Your Home is Well Insulated
If you live in a house where people tend to feel the cold, it could be the issue that your insulation needs renewing or replacing.
Of course, replacing windows and doors is a great place to start to eliminate draughts, but if you’ve already done this or have double glazing, it could be that the insulation is, in fact, the problem.
Of course, ensuring the insulation of your home will save you money on your energy bills in the future, but depending on what you want to be done, it can be a big job.
Even if it is a little pricy and invasive if it’s going to help in the long run, think of it as an investment. Hiring an insulation installer could help to keep your home warm for years to come.
Invest in Some New Lighting
Finally, consider investing in some new lighting is also one of the ways to get your home prepared for autumn even if you’re selling home.
In the Summer, we are blessed with long days and bright light streaming through the windows daily, but once Autumn approaches the promise of this dissolves.
Lighting can affect the entire mood of a room. When it’s damp and drizzly outside, really what you want is a cozy haven where you can hide from the drizzle out.
Lamps and mood lighting are perfect for this time of year because they ooze coziness and warmth. It’ll be so lovely; you’ll not even want to leave!