With Autumn commencing on the 22nd of September this year, now is the time to start getting prepared for the season change.
Before you get right into the swing of Autumn, you should make sure your home is ready for the change. We have compiled a list of 9 jobs to help you get prepared!
1. Check your Fire Alarms
As it begins to get colder, we'll all start using our fireplaces. With great comfort comes great responsibility, and that's why you should make sure the smoke alarms in your house are functioning.
2. Check for Leaks Inside and Out
You always want the home to be nice and dry for autumn and winter, so now's the time to check up on all of your windows and doors. Seek out any leaks, and re-seal the gaps! That way you'll stop any invasive draughts, as well as preventing water leakage when the weather inevitably comes to rain on your parade.
3. Tidy the Front of your Home
If you are thinking about selling later in the year, the end of summer can be a great time for beautification works on the facade of your home. Even if you don't sell over winter, maximising that kerb appeal will make your home catch the eye of anyone nearby. A fresh coat of paint, removing the clutter and maybe getting some autumn-friendly flowers arranged in your front garden or in pots can be just the touch you need.
4. Declutter the Gutter
This one's a bit fiddly but it has to be done! Getting up high with a ladder and ensuring your gutters are clean, clear and strong is vital. They'll be seeing a lot more action over winter so you need to make sure they can hold up to rainwater and foliage.
Keeping those leaks from before in mind, it's worth checking the roof for any cracking, loose tiles or similar damage as well.
5. Pet Care
Pets are like us, they like clean beds to sleep on so now is the time to clean and sanitize their bedding and living spaces both indoors and out. Wash and dry their bedding and ensure they have a warm place to settle down for the night, away from draughts and rain that will come with the season change.
6. Clean Out the Kitchen
Don’t worry, we aren’t suggesting you need to clean out each cupboard, but rather focus on some of the less attractive cleaning tasks…..cleaning the garbage bins! Rinse out the kitchen bin and any recycle containers with warm soapy water. Add a splash of disinfectant for a fresh smell and to kill any lurking bacteria.
Wipe out under the sink and organize all your cleaning equipment. A tidy space will make you feel super organised!
7. Organise Summer Gear
Start to collect all those summer toys that the kids have been playing with outside over the last few months and give them a good clean with soap and water. Make sure you throw out, or recycle any broken toys.
8. Sort Through Your Wardrobes
As summer comes to an end, spend an hour or so going through your clothes. Box them all up and put them in the loft ready to be brought down again when the weather is warm again next year. If you haven’t worn some of your clothes or accessories all summer and they don’t have any sentimental value, consider donating them to charity or selling them on eBay.
Culling your summer wardrobe now is easier as you’ll know what you have worn over the last few months and won’t get carried away thinking oh I might want to wear that.. but never do. The other benefit of clearing space is to allow for any new autumn purchases.
9. Inspect the Roof
Now is the time to check your roof for broken tiles, worn out seals around vent pipes and damage to chimneys. Finding and fixing these before the weather changes is much easier. This can be a tricky job and certainly one that may be more suited to a professional. If you need a recommendation, just ask us!
This checklist isn't just for rounding out the summer, it's helpful preparation for the seasons ahead. Keeping your home warm and dry will make the later months of the year much easier and relaxing. You'll be able to curl up in front of the fire and not have to worry about certain bits of maintenance at all! You can thank us later on.