Preparing for the Season Change
Summer is starting to draw to a close which is exciting news for many of us, as autumn can bring some incredible moments of undisturbed golden calm and beauty!
The weather will change, and the sun may have taken its toll on your property, but let's look at what you can do to keep your home looking smart as we head into March.
1. Check your Fire Alarms
As it begins to get colder, we'll all start using fireplaces and heaters. With great comfort comes great responsibility, and that's why you should make sure the smoke alarms in your house are functioning.
2. Check for Leaks Inside and Out
You always want the home to be nice and dry for autumn and winter, so now's the time to check up on all of your windows and doors. Seek out any leaks, and re-seal the gaps - that way you'll stop any invasive draughts, as well as preventing water leakage when the weather inevitably comes to rain on your parade.
Don’t forget to inspect all your outdoor taps for any leaks. These often have a slow drip which can add significantly to your water bill!
3. Tidy the Front of your Home
If you are thinking about selling later in the year, the end of summer can be a great time for beautification works on the facade of your home. Even if you don't sell over winter, maximising that kerb appeal will make your home catch the eye of anyone nearby. A fresh coat of paint, removing the clutter and maybe getting some autumn-friendly flowers arranged in your front yard or in pots can be just the touch you need.
4. Clean the Gutters
This one's a bit fiddly but it has to be done! Getting up high with a ladder and ensuring your gutters are clean, clear and strong is vital. They'll be seeing a lot more action over winter so you need to make sure they can hold up to rainwater and foliage.
Keeping those leaks from before in mind, it's worth checking the roof for any cracking, loose tiles or similar damage as well.
5. Clean Out Your Vents
If you have air conditioning or other ventilation systems in your home, there's every chance that bacteria and grime have built up over summer. The humidity forms a fertile breeding ground for bacteria, so going through these systems with appropriate cleaners is a great move before you shut them off.
6. Pet Care
Pets are like us, they like clean beds to sleep on so now is the time to clean and sanitize their bedding and living spaces both indoors and out. Wash and dry their bedding and ensure they have a warm place to settle down for the night.
7. Clean Out the Kitchen
Don’t worry, we aren’t suggesting you need to clean out each cupboard, but rather focus on some of the less attractive cleaning tasks…..cleaning the garbage bins! Rinse out the kitchen bin and any recycle containers with warm soapy water. Add a splash of disinfectant for a fresh smell and to kill any lurking bacteria.
Wipe out under the sink and organize all your cleaning equipment. A tidy space will make you feel super organised!
8. Organise Summer Gear
Start to collect all those summer toys that the kids have been playing with outside over the last few months and give them a good clean with soap and water. Make sure you throw out, or recycle any broken toys.
Before you pack away your beach umbrella and towels check their condition. Is the umbrella still working, are the beach towels badly frayed? Depending on their condition consider throwing them out and take advantage of the any end of season sales to restock your summer necessities – ready for the end of the year.