The clocks have gone back, the nights are drawing in and winter is just around the corner. As temperatures plunge, it’s wise to take steps to ensure your home is as cosy and comfortable as possible. Here are some handy hacks to help you prepare.
Roofing issues and damp
Winter is traditionally a time when the elements take their toll on our homes. If you have issues with your roof, or you’re worried about damp, it’s wise to seek advice before the cold weather sets in. If you have missing or loose tiles, there are holes in the roof or you’ve spotted discoloured patches on the walls or ceilings, now is the time to carry out some running repairs.
Ask around for recommendations and read reviews. Make sure you have a full written quote and ask about guarantees before you decide which roofing company or damp specialist to choose.
Heating and insulation
There is nothing worse than being freezing cold in your own home. We all want our homes to be sanctuaries where we feel relaxed and comfortable. It’s not always possible to prevent every boiler issue or problem with the radiators, but there are steps you can take to lower risks. Schedule a service for your boiler, control the temperature with an aquastat controller, and consider upgrading insulation to improve heat retention.
As well as insulating your home, you can also use simple measures, such as sealing doorways and using a draft stop to keep heat in and create warmer cosier living spaces. It is worth checking whether you are eligible for a grant or a discount if you’re looking to insulate your home. You can also keep the cold out by shutting internal doors and swapping lightweight curtains for lined curtains.
Throws, blankets, rugs and cushions add serious style to our living rooms, bedrooms and dining areas, but they also add warmth and cosiness in the cooler months. When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing better than retreating to the sofa and snuggling up with a blanket in front of the fire.
Opt for heavier fabrics, such as faux fur and wool in the winter, or add a touch of opulence with velvet cushions or throws. You can use rugs to keep your toes warm and scatter throws and cushions on beds, benches, chairs and couches.
Fireplaces often provide a beautiful focal point in living rooms and sociable spaces, but they also offer an opportunity to add warmth in the winter. If you don’t have a working fireplace, or you’re thinking about updating your decor, there are several options to explore. Depending on the style and vibe of the room, you can buy everything from ultra-modern plasma electric fires to rustic wood-burners.
If you already have an open fire, and you’re looking forward to cosy nights in, now is the time to have your chimney swept and to stock up on logs.
Winter will soon be here. If you’re hoping to stay warm and toasty and keep the cold at arm’s length this winter, now is the time to get your home ready.