Is Your Home Ready for Winter?

The beginning of December heralds the start of a new season – winter is almost here once again! The colder weather and freezing temperatures tend to cause the majority of us to take shelter in our homes, waiting out the cold and not venturing outside unless we have absolutely no choice!

But while our homes become our sanctuaries at this time of year, it is essential to make sure that your home is ready to withstand everything the season will throw at it. From coldness to rain, wind and possibly even snow, the onslaught of the winter elements is definitely not to be trifled with.

So, before the real depths of winter arrive, now is the perfect time to finish up any outstanding home maintenance tasks and ensure that your home is well prepared for the season. To get you started, here are some top tips and ideas for important upkeep and maintenance tasks as well as common issues which can arise in buildings at this time of year.

Is Your Home Ready for Winter?

Damp Proofing

Is your home prone to damp? Aside from being unsightly and potentially hazardous, attacks of damp should be treated as early as possible to avoid any further issues arising. Of course, there are many different types of damp and all of these will have varying causes, effects and treatment options, but regardless, if you do spot any signs of damp, it’s advisable to call in the experts and get your home treated without delay. You can find more information about damp proofing at garrattsdamp.com.

Gutter Clearing

One of the causes of damp in buildings is blocked drains and guttering. During autumn, in particular, your guttering can become obstructed by general debris like leaves and mud, preventing rainwater from running off the roof properly and causing a build-up or, even worse, an overflow or leak. Luckily, the solution is simple – all you need to do is make sure that your guttering is clear from any waste and remove any existing blockages in order to ensure that the system can do its job properly.

Is Your Home Ready for Winter?

Boiler Servicing

When was the last time that you had your boiler serviced? Most boilers should be serviced at least once a year, preferably before the cold weather really kicks in, to allow for any general upkeep and maintenance tasks to be identified and carried out before the arrival of winter. While it may seem like a bit of a pain, it’s important to get a professional in to check things over – after all, the last thing you want is to be left without any central heating in the middle of winter!

Stocking Up

Of course, the chances of getting snowed in are extremely slim here in the UK, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take the opportunity to stock up on your favourites and some winter staples just in case! From tins of soup to delicious festive foods and plenty of winter warmers, if your cupboards are well stocked, you won’t need to venture out to head to the shops if the weather turns colder. Similarly, apart from food, you should make sure that you have plenty of blankets, candles and a torch with spare batteries just in case of a power outage.

Don’t feel daunted or put off by this list – it may seem like there is a lot still to be done, but once you get started, you’ll be making plenty of progress in no time at all! Plus, all your hard work and effort will soon pay off when you are sitting warm and comfortable in your home, safe from the onslaught of the winter weather outside.

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  1. Laura
    December 11, 2017 / 2:21 am

    I’m in the process of stocking up on my winter essentials now; just things like oat milk, cereal, beans etc incase the weather gets too cold to go out. xxx

  2. Sarah Ann
    December 4, 2017 / 2:33 pm

    Have checked the boiler and booked in for a gutter cleaning. It’s so easy to forget the impact cold weather can have on your home.

  3. December 4, 2017 / 11:25 am

    These are very important to do during winter, we always check out boiler

  4. Lauretta
    December 3, 2017 / 10:58 pm

    Gutter cleaning is number one on my list. I would have to get our boilers checked.

  5. December 3, 2017 / 8:27 pm

    Clearing out the gutters is a great tip – Our neighbour has just learnt the hard way about trees and bushes growing in their gutters.

  6. Mands Millie
    December 3, 2017 / 4:51 pm

    Winter definitely crept up on me this time round, but I actually think I’m ready for it:-)

  7. Nina Lawman
    December 3, 2017 / 2:43 pm

    A very informative post! Thanks for an important reminder!

  8. December 3, 2017 / 1:34 pm

    I definitely need to get my boiler serviced as it’s been a while since the last time. You never know with the snow, as we have seen it this weekend in the North of the country.

  9. December 3, 2017 / 1:18 pm

    All things I definitely need to get sorted asap. Thanks for the reminder!

  10. Katrina Downie
    December 3, 2017 / 7:49 am

    Great list to keep everyone the warmest and comfiest they can be feel for anyone with our heat in winter

  11. Melanie
    December 3, 2017 / 3:21 am

    What a great checklist. I shall be passing this straight over to my partner lol x

  12. Jinzo_2400
    December 1, 2017 / 11:54 pm

    I keep my fingers crossed every year that my furnace can last another winter. It’s a old beast but it still keeps coming on when I need it. I tend to run it only 2-3 months a year

  13. Laura Dove
    December 1, 2017 / 10:15 pm

    A boiler service is a really important thing to remember, our boiler broke one Christmas eve and we didn’t get a new one until well into the new year, it was hideous!

    • December 3, 2017 / 10:55 am

      oooh that must have been real annoying, my boiler broke a couple days ago luckily it has now been fixed.

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