We know you’re all out there, enjoying the warm sunshine we’ve been experiencing lately, and there’s good news: there’s still plenty of the summer to go. However, in between all those BBQs and beers, it’s important that you find some time to take care of some essential details around the house. When the weather begins to turn (and this is the UK…so it might be sooner than we expect), you’ll want to have a cosy, inviting space in which to ride out the chilly months. Below, we’ve put together seven jobs to do now, while the weather is warm.
Plugging the Drafts
When you’re sitting down to watch a film with the family, there’s nothing worse than getting a chill to the bone thanks to a draft. You want to be toasty and warm inside as the wind howls, not letting it in! In the summer months, wait for one those pleasant days with a cool summer’s breeze, and then check your home for draughts. If you find one, you’ll be able to get it taken care of before it becomes important. If it’s only a slight draft under a door, look at getting a ‘draught snake.’
There are few things on earth more enjoyable than sitting down in front of a roaring fire when it’s cold outside. And there’s nothing worse than realising that there’s a problem with the chimney, or that you don’t have any firewood. As Robert Herrick says, ‘gather ye rosebuds while ye may.’ Don’t wait until the cold snap to arrive before you try and arrange your firewood: buy it now, when you have time to cut it to size and stack it. There’s nothing wrong with a good old chimney sweep, either – if untreated they can cause many hazardous problems.
There’s no agony that can compare to leaving a warm bed, running to get into the shower, and then finding out that there’s no hot water. It’s bad enough when this happens because someone forgot to put the water on: it’s an outright catastrophe if it’s because the boiler is damaged. Before autumn is upon us, it’s crucial that you have your boiler serviced by a company like 1st Clear Flow. Besides leaving you without heat, a broken boiler can be very expensive to replace – and can feel especially so when it comes just before Christmas.
Checking the House
A lot of the potential damage to your home is on the outside. On a bright, sunny day, take some time to inspect the exterior, particularly the roof and the gutters. The draining system will likely be filled with leaves by the end of autumn, but you’ll want to start with a clean slate, so get up and dispose of all the debris. You can also use binoculars or get an expert to visit your roof to ensure there are no problems up there; a leak can be difficult to fix if it occurs out of the blue.
There’s always a chance of the UK being battered by winds during autumn and winter, and when that happens, there’s a real risk of trees falling. Over the summer, inspect the trees around your property. If you see one that looks vulnerable, call out an arborist and have them take a look at it. It might save you thousands of pounds worth of damage in the long run.
To the Stores
It’s not just about keeping your home warm and toasty; you’ll always want to add those deep comforts that allow you to sink into the pleasures of the season. The best way to do this is to do some retail therapy. Head on out to the stores and pick up blankets and pillows, in colours that suit cold weather; specifically deep red and brown. Pick up a few candles while you’re there and you’ll be ready to roll. If the weather is already on the turn then online shopping is a godsend, get your lighting sorted with Lampcommerce and take advantage of the sales.
The Big Jobs
If you have some big DIY jobs in mind for your house, it’s always best to do them during summer. Painting, switching out carpets, and other jobs can disrupt the house too much, at a time when you want to be inside, and can let in drafts too. Take care of them during summer. You’ll be outside most of the season anyway, and during this time it’s less about having a comfortable home. And as a bonus, if you take care of the jobs you’ll be able to enjoy them through the long autumn and winter months when you’ll be spending most of your time curled up inside.
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