While some people might be clinging onto the last of the summer, the sudden change in weather and miserable rain can have you fast-forwarding straight to autumn. The thought of cosy nights in, some comforting home cooking and the return of your TV favourites can be enough to warm your heart.
Before you get caught up in thoughts of those relaxed autumn evenings, make sure your home is ready first. After a spectacular summer, those jobs you were supposed to get around to might have fallen to one side, leaving with a big to-do list to get your home ready for autumn.
Take a look at some tips to get your home autumn-ready to enjoy the season ahead.
Get Ready For The Rain
It’s been an unusually dry summer for the UK, and while the rain has started to creep in towards the end, it’s still not at the levels we can expect by the time autumn comes around. Now is a great time to check for any problems that could lead to flooding or damp, so that you can get them fixed before the change in weather. A specialist damp proof company can help you protect your home so that you’re not faced with problems later down the line. Taking action now will mean you will be in a good place to protect against problems which could affect your home in periods of bad weather.
Clear Out The Garden
If your garden saw more use than ever during the summer months, it might not be left in the best state. Make sure you give your garden a thorough tidy up to leave it clutter-free and to make it easier to collect leaves, etc. during the coming months. Remember that many animals will hibernate and make your garden their home during the autumn/winter months so get rid of any rubbish that could be harmful and make your gardening a welcoming place for visitors. Get some info about helping hibernating animals and give them a warm welcome this autumn.
Give Your Home An Autumn ‘Spring Clean’
The end of the summer is a great time to have a clear out and tackle those jobs that have been left on your to-do list for months. Declutter your home in five easy steps with this great video:
Then you’ll be able to start off the season with a home that is neat, organised and clutter-free. Use this time as an opportunity to get rid of any unwanted items that are simply taking space up in your home. Christmas will soon be here so it could be an excellent time for you to make some extra money to get a head start on your shopping.
Change Up Your Decor
Why not give your home an even more autumnal feel this year? Changing up your decor can help make your home feel warmer and cosier, and there are plenty of affordable ways to do it. Head to Primark, Matalan or try shopping for home decor online to enjoy affordable pieces that will ensure your home is ready for the season.
Why stop at the home accessories? If your home could do with a bit of a refresh, why not spruce up your skirting boards for a subtle change to your home? There are some small decor jobs you can do now that will freshen up your home, allowing you to relax and unwind through the long winter nights.
Get Energy Smart
When the colder weather sets in, your energy bills can creep up. Nobody wants to be faced with high gas and electricity bills, so take steps now to make your home better-equipped for the cold weather. Check for draughts and insulate your home to keep the heat in as much as possible. Investing in hot water bottles is another good option to help keep your bed warm at night.
Now is a good time to look at your energy tariff and decide if a switch is needed to help you reduce your bills in time for winter. A smart meter will help you monitor your usage and help you cut back if needed.
The new season will be here before you know it so getting your home autumn-ready now will save you a lot of work so that you can breeze straight into autumn. Make a to-do list and start working your way through so that you have everything in place just in time for the change. It’s been a fantastic summer, so here’s hoping for a great autumn season too!