As the warmer months are behind us now, and the clocks go back it is time to get ourselves and our homes ready for these colder months of the year. The worsening weather and a change in lifestyle throughout the winter means that there are many things to get done to see us through the winter. Here are the home jobs to get doing now…
Have a Wardrobe Clear Out
The change in weather means that this is a good time to get into the wardrobe and tidy up. Go through all your clothing and get rid of the things that you no longer wear. Sell it or donate it to a charity shop if it is in good condition still, if it is not then you can find a local textiles recycling service. You can also use this time to update your wardrobe for the coming winter months – go for a few good quality brands like this Superdry Menswear www.ejmenswear.com/men/superdry , rather than buying lots of cheap items. Not only will it last you longer but having a small and high-quality capsule wardrobe is much better for the planet.
Make Repairs to the Garden
At this time of the year, we don’t really want to sit out in the garden, but it is a good time to make sure that the garden survives the winter! Look for damage in places such as fences which could make it weaker against strong wintery winds and make repairs to it now. Also make sure that sheds and outbuildings are in good repair as well as being secure – the longer hours of darkness are more appealing to burglars, so make sure that you have good security in place to keep your property safe. Make sure that larger items in the garden such as furniture are put away for the winter or covered over. You should also make sure that everything is secured to the ground as high winds can move garden furniture which can cause damage and injury.
Around the Home
In and around the house itself, pay attention to the roof, as well as the gutters and drains. The roof comes under the most stress in the winter so get roof repairs done now – signs to look for are broken or cracked tiles as well as pooling water on a roof. This is also the time to check gutters – clear out debris such as moss and leaves which can fill gutters and drains at this time of the year and cause blockages and then flooding. Don’t forget to make sure that your central heating and hot water are working too before it gets too cold outside – make sure that you get a qualified professional engineer to make any repairs to your heating system as attempting it yourself is dangerous.