Winter is just around the corner, which means it’s time to take care of the condition of the house and prepare it for frost and heavy rainfall. The front of the work is rather big, and in order not to forget anything, check our list.
Even if your house is always under supervision, and any malfunctions and damages are repaired on time, it is important to check once again the operation of all engineering systems, as well as the integrity of building structures. Read what else to do in the house before the onset of cold weather.
1. Check the house insulation
Make sure windows and doors are well-sealed and properly insulated, replace locks, and seal as much as possible with sealing tapes. Another way to minimise heat loss is to buy thick curtains that will further insulate the windows. All of these economical ways to warm your home.
2. Buy on time what you need for the winter
Buy in advance what you have planned for the winter. This is especially important during the off-season when you can take advantage of discounts and therefore save money, time, and energy and pre-order what you think you need for winter – from thick bedding to an electric blanket or convector.
3. Cleaning from mould
While you can ventilate the area and keep the windows open for ventilation, clean up sofas, mattresses, and carpets to get rid of mould. During the warm season, a lot of dust has collected in the house, which contributes to the appearance of mites, bacteria, mould, etc. All of these problems can be aggravated by moisture.
4. Dry your winter clothes, blankets, etc.
With the onset of cold weather, you should dry all clothes, as well as blankets, which should be dry to avoid an unpleasant smell. In addition, all thick items absorb moisture, increasing the humidity in the house, so it is best to dry them while it is still warm.
5. Check the roof
Now is the time to check if your roof needs repair. You don’t want your house to leak after rain. During the first frost, it will be more difficult to repair the roof. You should also clean your gutters to prepare them for rain and snow.
6. Make minor repairs
It’s still a good time for small renovations that you put off in the summer. If you want to paint a fence, replace a window, insulate a wall, you have to do it before the frost. Don’t neglect the help of professionals, home rendering experts can always help you to have the home of your dreams.
7. Storage in the garage
You will likely save your garden furniture, bike, and other items that you will no longer use when winter comes. Use storage boxes, shelves, etc. Keep things as simple and practical as possible. Autumn is a good time to revisit the things you will need in your yard when the cold weather arrives: a shovel, a protective film for plants, a generator, etc.
8. Check home security devices
Check smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and other similar devices. It is important that they work properly during the winter. If you have a fireplace or stove, check your chimney and ventilation, and of course clean the equipment.
9. Check the trees near the house
If you notice that the trees have dry branches, cut them off in time to remove the danger of them falling over the house during the first wind and rain. If you cannot do this, you should hire specialised personnel who can assess and resolve the situation without risk.
10. Close the outdoor water system
With the onset of cold weather, empty the external water supply system and turn off the water supply to avoid the risk of pipe breakage in frost.
11. Clean drains and flues
The trees have already shed their foliage – the main source of gutter pollution – so now is the time to clean them. If you do not do this on time, leaves, small branches, and dirt that have accumulated in the gutters will freeze with the onset of the first cold weather. All of this can seriously impede water drainage.
If there is a stove or fireplace in the house, do not delay cleaning the chimney.
12. “Change” the interior
Change light summer curtains to thick ones, take out warm blankets, arrange winter knitted decor around the house. And start slowly uncovering New Year’s toys.
In the middle of autumn it gets dark much faster, the thermometer barely rises above 18 ° C, passers-by frown, because it is even more than half a year to warm. Your home at this moment should become a warm and cosy fortress. And by following the steps that we gave you above, we are sure it will be.