One Step Ahead: Why It'll Pay To Prep Your Home For Winter Now

Friday, July 07, 2017

You may think that the idea of starting to prepare your home for winter is nothing short of crazy. But we all know how fast time flies, and although it’s warm and sunny now, it’s only a matter of time before the nights draw in, and there’s a chill in the air. By the time winter arrives with a vengeance, you want to be sure that you’ve done everything possible to protect your home. If you’re one step ahead, you can look forward to cozy nights by the fire rather than weather-related disasters. 

Snow-proofing your home

If you live in an area where snow is a perennial feature of winter, it’s wise to ensure that your home is ready long before the first burst of snowflakes falls. Snow days can be great fun, but there’s always a danger that heavy or prolonged snowfall can cause problems at home and knock your schedule out of kilter. You can’t do much about work meetings and social commitments if you’re snowed in, but you can take steps to protect your home. When freezing temperatures arrive, you want to feel warm and cozy at home, so invest in insulation now. Insulation in the roof and walls will trap heat, and make your home more energy-efficient. It’s also advisable to seal gaps in window frames and doorways and to consider services provided by firms like Heatline to prevent frozen pipes. Bring outdoor furniture inside or invest in heavy-duty covers, clear out the gutters, and replace any broken or damaged windows. If you don’t already have double glazing and you struggle to keep your home warm in winter, get some quotes. 

Interior design tips for winter

You may be looking at tropical patterns and bright colors to channel that summer vacation vibe at home, but keep an eye out for winter trends. When the days are dark, and it’s throwing it down outside, it’s lovely to be able to retreat inside and snuggle up. When it’s cold outside, make your home cozier with blankets, throws, and rugs, swap light fabric curtains for thicker materials or hang blackout blinds, and consider investing in a log burner if you don’t already have an open fire. Rich, dark shades tend to be more popular than crisp whites and pastels in the winter, but be careful if you have small rooms, as bold colors can make the room look even more compact. Instead, keep wall light and add darker tones with soft furnishings and accessories. 

If it’s boiling hot outside and you’re counting down the days until your summer vacation, you may think that you get all the time in the world to prep your home for winter. The trouble is that the days seem to whizz by, especially when you’re having fun, and before you know it, all those good intentions to winter-proof your home before cold temperatures arrive have fallen by the wayside. If you’re one step ahead at all times, you can prevent damage, save yourself money, and ensure that you’ll be comfortable and cozy when winter arrives.

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