We’re in the midst of fall and that means a lot to many of us. It means Halloween. It means pumpkin spice lattes. It means scarves, boots, hats and gloves. It means pulling your biggest coats and jumpers out of your closet. But it should mean something else too. It means that you need to prepare your home and outdoor spaces, ready for the harsh winter ahead. Days are going to draw in shorter. The temperature is going to drop. We’re going to face harsher elements, including wind, rain, sleet and snow. Chances are, your home needs a little help to prepare for all of this. Here are a few suggestions that should help you along the way!
Prepare Your Garden
If you have a backyard, garden or any other outdoor space of your own, you’re going to have to get on top of the area and ensure that it’s prepared for the winter as best possible. All too many people stop using their gardens during this time of year and opt to simply neglect them until the spring months roll around again. This is understandable, but you’ll make life a whole lot easier for yourself if you simply maintain the space throughout the entire year. There are a few key steps you can take to achieve this. Give your lawn one big last chop. The grass will slow in growth naturally, so you should make sure it’s nice and short when the weather still allows you to operate a lawnmower safely. Layer your flowerbeds with mulch – this will protect them from waterlogging and frost. Put any outdoor furniture away in a shed or other form of storage. If you’re lucky enough to have a pool, look into pool cleaners and then cover it over while it’s out of use.
Ensure You Have Insulation
You need to make sure that your home is as well insulated as possible. This has always been important in terms of maintaining a comfortable lifestyle, but it is particularly important now that we’re in the midst of an energy crisis where the cost of energy is skyrocketing. You should get quotes for double glazing if you don’t have it already. If you have double glazing, you may even want to look into triple glazing. Also ensure that your loft is well insulated, as the most heat in your home will escape through the roof due to heat rising.
You want to do what you can to maximise the cosiness in your home. This means cushions and blankets galore. Find options that fit in the with the palette of the rest of your home. This includes colour, pattern and texture. You can also consider rugs for hardwood or tile flooring. This will give a softer and warmer underfoot experience.
Hopefully, some of the information above will help you to get your home as ready for winter as possible. Start as soon as possible to ensure that everything is ticked off your to-do list once the harsher weather hits!
Thank you for reading. I hope this post has helped you in preparing for the colder months.