As the warmer weather draws to a close and the autumn fanatics get excited about hot chocolates, pumpkins and Halloween movies, there are a few things to do around the house to prepare for the cooler months.
Of course, everyone would love to soak in the last few weeks of summer enjoying a pub beer garden, watching the football in the sun and generally just lapping up those last rays. However, in order to make sure your house is ready for hibernation, there are a few things to check off the list.
Garden furniture and outdoor electrics
If you don’t leave the furniture outside all year round, it’ll need a good clean and proper storage to make sure it’s fit for purpose next spring. Give everything a good wipe down and ensure fixtures are free from rust. Reseal any items that are no longer as waterproof and save yourself a job when the sun pops its head up next time.
As for outdoor electricals, maintenance is key. After cleaning everything, make sure to properly store items away in the shed or garage with wires neatly wrapped. Too much strain or twists in the cords could lead to splintering or damage – meaning the next time the grass needs cutting, it might end up costing you a new mower.
And don’t forget the barbeque. After a blissful day of grilling with friends, cleaning up the ashes and the barbeque is a job for another time, but a week later, when you’re ready for another barbeque, you realise you never got round to cleaning it the first time.
The end of summer is the perfect time to give your barbeque some TLC so that if you’re lucky enough to get an Easter weekend heatwave, you can be ready to go.
The end of summer is the perfect time to maintain your water tank. Using a high-pressure hose, you should clean the tank to remove dirt and algae and prevent more from growing.
Clean the gutters
The wet and windy weather of the autumn can easily cause a blockage in the gutters, so it’s best to at least start the season with a fresh clean. Grab the ladders and unblock any drains and gutters, getting rid of leaves, nests and plants that have managed to grow up there.
Check the roof
While you’re up in the gutters, it’s a good idea to check the roof.
Roof tiles that are cracked or have become dislodged are an accident or leak waiting to happen. A strong gale or a torrential downpour could easily turn your Halloween movie night into an actual nightmare, with water dripping from the ceiling or a whistling breeze haunting the attic.
Any damage to the roof should be repaired as soon as possible. Preferably on this side of the year. Finding a safe and appropriate time to fix a roof in the colder months will be a lot trickier.
The final weeks of summer are all about laughter and sunshine though there will be plenty of time for that too. Make sure to give the house a good once over to check for maintenance jobs that need to be attended to.