When the temperatures drop during this time of the year, there’s nothing you’d rather do more than cosy up inside your home with a nice hot mug of cocoa. But in order to ensure you are not going to be caught up with a leaky roof repair or a sneaky draft getting through, it’s best to ensure your home is winter-ready.
A survey from HomeLights Top Agents Insights, suggests that ‘91% of agents believe builders and contractors to be busiest during the spring-summer months and only 8% said these professionals are busiest during the winter.’ Now is the time to get any house jobs done as you won’t get delays from contractors or have to wait for their availability!
To help you get started, we’ve put together a checklist to ensure you’ve covered all bases of your home to get it ready for winter!
1: Block draught areas
Check all your doors and windows for draughts and air leaks and if you do find any then consider investing in self-sticking weather strips to block the gaps. This will help to block any unnecessary heat from escaping
2: Check windows and doors
Following the point above, it’s also wise to ensure all your windows and doors are able to close properly. We often don’t release a broken window during the summer months, so now is the time to make sure all the windows in the house can shut securely.
3: Check the guttering
Check your guttering is clear from leaves and any other debris to prevent an overflow of water on those heavy rainy days.
Decluttering your home is a great way of clearing out any unwanted items and clutter. It’s always a good idea to start this job during this time of the year when the weather is bleak and you don’t feel like leaving your house.
5: Check insulation
We know adding insulation isn’t the most exciting of jobs, but the idea is there to save you money. A well-insulated house is an easy way to lower your heating bills, especially in this climate where energy prices are soaring!
6: Bleed the radiators
Another simple task is to bleed your radiators before you switch them on this winter. This will release any trapped air so that your radiators can continue working effectively and warm up evenly.
7: Check the roofing
Before it gets too cold, it’s worth checking your roof to ensure no tiles have blown off or are missing as this can be a good source of heat loss. Ensure you always have someone to help you with a ladder or you can call a professional to do the job.
8: Service your boiler
The annual service of your boiler ensures that you and your family will have hot running water for the upcoming months. The last thing you want to have is a cold shower on a blustery winter morning as your boiler has decided to fail on you.
9: Hire a chimney sweep
Getting your chimney swept is a good way to make sure that your gas fire will be running smoothly during the winter months. When the gas fire is not in use during the year, it can accumulate a lot of dust and debris, which affects the output of the heat when you switch the heating on.
10: Switch to LED light bulbs
If you haven’t already, then you need to switch to LED light bulbs in your home. Research shows that residential LED light bulbs use at least 75% less energy and last a lot longer than the traditional incandescent bulbs. (Department of Energy) As the clocks change, we will also be spending more time indoors which means keeping the lights on for longer!