British Summertime - such as it is - officially ended on the 23rd of September and, just over a week later, there’s already a nip in the air as we once again wake up to dark mornings. As well as signalling an end to open windows, barbecues and long days, this time of year is all about getting ready for winter - and that includes your home. During the English Winter, cold weather can wreak havoc on your home - and your wallet. We’ve put together our guide to the things you can do now to get your home ready for the onslaught.
Draught in some help
Many homes, particularly older ones, are unfortunately subject to draughts. Not only can this make your home feel chilly but your wallet can feel a cold front too as you reach to turn the heating up. As a tenant, you’re most likely not permitted to have extensive work done on doors and windows but, you can invest in a few draught excluders to keep the cold outside and, the heat where it belongs - in your home. For windows, get yourself down to your local DIY store and grab some foam strips which will help to keep icy gusts at bay.
The heat is on - hopefully
For the moment, October has been fairly mild and, there’s a good chance that you haven’t switched the heating back on as yet. Now is the ideal time to check that your heating is working properly, rather than leaving it until you actually need it. Test out the heating and thermostat now and report any issues to your landlord to make sure that you don’t get the cold shoulder later on. If not already scheduled, this may also be a good time to ask your landlord for a boiler check to make sure there are no issues in the months to come.
The pitter patter of tiny feet
Nothing says winter like unwelcome guests. During the colder seasons, mice and rats will seek refuge from the weather - and they can squeeze into your home through the tiniest of spaces. Make a thorough inspection of your home - inside and out - in order to identify any cracks and gaps which may become a rodent doorway and ask your landlord to do something about them.
Heating bills can quickly escalate during the winter. Switch out thin duvets for a higher tog factor and invest in some cosy throws and blankets for your sofa to keep you toasty warm without setting fire to your bank balance.
It’s a wrap
By now, you’ve probably started thinking about packing away your summer clothes and bringing back the Autumnal knits. Before packing away, wash clothes and seal them in a vacuum bag - these can be picked up for next to nothing online and from pound stores and will keep clothes clean and away from moths. If you have time, include a list of clothing in each bag to help you retrieve the ones you need quickly once Spring rolls back around.
Throw some light on the subject
During the winter, many areas experience power cuts - keep a stock of candles handy for temporary blackouts as well as plenty of spare light bulbs - remember, you’ll be using them more during the darker days.
Although there are limits to what you can do to your home as a tenant, don’t be afraid to ask your landlord to conduct checks and refresh insulation on heating pipes and boilers as, this will save him or her time and money in the long run. In the meantime, follow this guide for the things you are able to do and, don’t forget to leave some space for that Christmas tree!