Home checklist for autumn
Published 20 October 2015 by Kyri Levendi
To prepare your home for winter and make sure you don’t waste money unnecessarily, read our autumnal checklist.
You probably don’t even want to think about the arrival of winter, what with autumn just settling in but let’s face it, it’ll be here before we know it! As well as getting your wardrobe ready for those blisteringly-cold days, your home is another area that will need to be looked at. We’re not talking about an expensive overhaul of your home here, just a few tips and tricks to make sure you’re not wasting money unnecessarily – now or later on down the line.
Bring the outside in
After months of enjoying the summer sun (what little we had, anyway!) your garden is probably full of evidence of all the fun you’ve had – there might still be a BBQ, some patio furniture or even a trampoline left in your garden, and now is the perfect time to start storing these away.
If you’ve got space in your garage or garden shed, you could store patio furniture in there so that it doesn’t rust from the harsh weather conditions. The same can be done for your BBQ, or you could purchase a cover like this if you don’t have any space to store it other than outside.
If you have one in your garden, you’ll have to disassemble your trampoline. You should have instructions on how to do this already, but if not get in touch with the company in question and ask them for directions. Alternatively, a simple Google search should point you in the right direction.
Clean the gutters
Although cleaning out your gutters isn’t the most exciting of activities, they do play an important role in protecting your home from water damage so you should make this a top priority before winter arrives. As your gutters move water away from your home and help stop mould and decay from occurring, you need to do this before conditions start to turn icy.
Set about removing any leaves, sticks or other gunk and debris from your gutters, then check that they’re not sagging or trapping water – any gutters that are damaged or worn should be replaced. Doing this should stop your gutters from rusting or corroding, which can happen if they’re clogged up.
Inspect your roof
While you’re all snuggled up inside, the exterior of your house endures the worst of the wintry conditions, in particular your roof. That’s why it’s a good idea to inspect your roof before the colder weather arrives so that there’s no nasty surprises later on.
The warning signs that you should look out for are tiles that have buckled, cracked or are missing completely –you should look at replacing these as soon as possible. If you spot a lot of moss on your roof, this can be a sign that there’s some kind of decay underneath, so look at getting this removed.
If your home is affected by the weather this winter, you’ll want to have the peace of mind that you’re covered for any damage done to your home. Taking out a home insurance policy via a broker like thinkmoney could help give you that.