Just like animals who get ready for hibernation in the summer, there’s no reason why we humans shouldn’t do the same. It’s important to make the most of the good weather while you can. That doesn’t mean just sitting in the garden and enjoying the weather. It is better to do the jobs now that you won’t want to be doing once the weather gets colder and winter draws in. So what do you need to do to prep for the winter months and why should you do it now?
Secure Your Windows
Make sure your windows are secure so that you keep warm in the winter, and it’s a good idea to buy some thick curtains now as they will add an extra layer of insulation to the house. And, if you go shopping for them now, you may get them on sale. It might take some time for an installer to work you into their schedule.
Fix Any Small Jobs
If you have any DIY that needs doing, then do it now. Get everything secure so that you don’t have to be doing it in the bad weather or so the weather doesn’t make it any worse. Whether it’s garage door repair or simply fixing a lock, it is best to get it done now.
Clear The Gutters And Drains
Now is the time to get outside and clear the gutters and drains. If you end up with leaves and mud blocking your downspouts, then it can cause leaks into the roof and walls. You definitely don’t want this during the winter. Ice dams from the freezing of those blockages and leaks do even more damage.
Protect Your Pipes
Keeping on top of your pipes before winter is also important. The best way to do this is to protect them with a foam layer which will help to prevent them from freezing and bursting. Also, make sure you remove any vegetation that surrounds the pipes as this can also cause damage. If you’ve had work done outside, ensure that nothing was left exposed or too shallow. In most areas, there is a minimum depth to prevent freezing. Be sure the soil depth is where it needs to be for the best protection.
Get Your Boiler Checked
As well as leaks, another thing you don’t want to be dealing with over the winter is having no heat. Make sure that you get your boiler serviced before the cold weather really kicks in. Do it now before they get busy and you’re stuck with no heating for days.
Sweep The Chimney
It’s important to look after your chimney if you have one. Chimney fires do happen and usually during the winter months and can be very severe. If you can’t do it yourself, then get a professional in to clean and take care of your chimney. They will also inspect for maintenance at this time. You don’t want to find out the hard way that some flashing needed replaced.
Get Insulation Sorted
If you have insulation installed, you can save a lot of money on your energy bills. Around a quarter of the heat in your house is lost through the roof, so insulating the loft is a good place to start. When we had our new roof installed we also redid the attic space insulation. It has made such a big difference. Insulating the crawl space is a good idea if there are places that the grade or landscaping don’t protect from wind, etc.
Get The Best Energy Deal
In our rural area, many use propane for heating. Call around to see if another supplier has better pricing. You also want to find someone that has a plan to keep you filled. Running out is never good. If you’re in the UK, it is worth checking whether you’re on the cheapest energy tariff – you could save more than you think. Use comparison websites to have a look and see. Why pay more than you need to?
Making sure you’re insured for any winter-related damage is very important. So check that your home insurance offers the right protection and that you would be covered in the event of a fire or a flood. You should also look into storm or accidental damage as most home insurance policies don’t include it as standard, so you may need to add it on if this is something that could happen where you live.
This may seem like a lot to consider, but trust me, taking some time to check on these areas now will go a long way to an easier winter.