How To Prepare Your Home For Autumn
So it’s goodbye summer and hello autumn. It has officially arrived. The temperature has dropped, the sandals are packed away, the nights are getting darker and pretty much the only flavour that you can get in anything is pumpkin spice.
It also means that it’s time to get your home prepped for the months ahead. To help you out, we have created a checklist of ways to prepare your home for a cosy autumn.
Autumn clean is the new spring clean
We often think of the spring clean as the big deep clean of the year but the autumn is an ideal time for another deep clean and clear out. Windows and doors have been open all summer. Journeys in and out of the garden have been plentiful and summer gear has accumulated in every nook and cranny. Time to clear it up and pack it away. It’s also a good time to declutter playrooms and make space with Christmas on the horizon.
ADD SOME WARMTH WITH SOFT FURNISHINGS
There’s nothing quite like snuggling under a blanket on a chilly autumn night with a hot drink and a good book. Plus, adding some throws and pillows to your home can make it look and feel cosy. It’s also a good time to dress your windows, switching out lighter curtains for heavier drapes. Don’t forget to change your summer duvet for a heavier tog too – you’re going to need it when the cold nights really draw in.
PREPARE THE OUTSIDE
Give your garden a spruce-up to round off the summer season. One last cut of the grass will keep it looking neat through the coming months. Add some evergreen shrubs and winter-flowering plants to add some colour to your entrance and brighten up dull days. Remember to check and clear your drains and guttering to avoid any leaks or blockages.
CHECK YOUR HEATING SYSTEM
Your heating system has likely been off all summer so it is a good time to get it checked and avoid any costly breakdowns when you need it most. Book your boiler in for its annual maintenance and have your fire or stove serviced. Don’t forget to bleed your radiators and if you have a chimney, have it swept.
INSTALL NEW WINDOWS AND DOORS
One of the most efficient ways to add warmth to your home for autumn, and the months ahead, is to install new doors and windows. One of the biggest culprits for heat loss is old, draughty windows and doors. Adding new double or triple glazing can save you money on your energy bill and keep your home warm and cosy despite the weather outside. Plus, installing thermally-efficient uPVC or composite doors can minimise the amount of heat escaping.