I know, I know – we’re still in the midst of the summer holidays and there’s still plenty of time for lots more ice cream treats, days out and time with the kids. But the bad weather recently – and the highly noticeable drop in temperature – got me thinking about all the things I need to have ready for when the Summer fun is over, and Autumn makes an appearance.
Planning ahead and making sure your property is ready for the cooler months of the year means that you can rest easy during extreme weather and maybe even save a little money on your utility bills. You know what they say – you mend the roof while the sun shines!
So, read on for 5 simple things you can do to make sure your home is ready for Autumn.
Switch your utility provider
Everyone by now has heard about how easy it is to switch your energy provider. So, make sure you’re taking a look at those comparison websites and getting a good rate for your electricity and gas. If your property runs on oil heating then check out SuperSaverOil for the latest prices and information. Energy providers will do all the switching for you, so it’s very minimal effort on your part. Sort this out now, and you won’t have to worry about turning up that thermostat on the first day you feel the cold!
Trim, trim and trim some more!
You might have noticed that your garden bushes, shrubs and trees have grown rapidly over the summer months. So, before the cooler weather makes an appearance check all the plants in your garden and see if they need cutting back at all. If they’re close to powerlines or making the entrance to your garage a little awkward for example, then take the time now to have someone professional take a look.
Check your windows and doors
While its nice and warm out, you probably won’t notice any draughts or issues with your windows and doors. So, take some time to check them all and see if anything needs fixing or replacing. It’s better to do this now than in the middle of Winter!
Those pesky power cuts
One of the perks of summer is that things like candles, blankets and torches etc are usually on offer or very cheap! So, why not stock up in preparation for those pesky power cuts!
Check your safety devices
This is something that should be done regularly anyway, but during the colder months you should make it a priority. When you finally but the BBQ and the picnic basket away for another year, you’re going to be cooking a lot more indoors, you’ll probably have the heating on and if you have a fireplace you’ll be lighting it a lot more frequently. So, with this in mind make sure you test and then replace all the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.
All of these tips will certainly make you better prepared for the colder months, but for now, go and enjoy the rest of your summer!
Thank you for reading.
*Disclaimer – This is a collaborative post*