How to get your home ready for winter
Although temperatures are currently nice and warm across the country, winter is just around the corner. As the owner of residential property, you'll need to ensure your home is prepared to take on the colder, wetter season.
Here are some tasks you might want to perform round the house over the coming weeks:
Check the heating system
It's likely a few months have passed since you last used the heating system in your home, so before you switch it on this winter it's best to make sure things are working.
If you have a ducted system, ensure the ducts are unblocked and clean for better efficiency.
Alternatively, if your home or investment property has a fireplace, it might be high-time to thoroughly clean it.
Install a fan
Fans are only something you use in summer, right? Wrong! Fans are actually a very useful tool to have during the colder months, as they can help circulate warm air around the home.
Remember to keep them on a low setting. Otherwise you may find the fan will push around very cold air - not ideal when outside temperatures are below 10 degrees.
You might also want to install a couple of extraction fans in moisture-prone areas for better ventilation. Bathrooms, kitchens and bedrooms are key rooms in your home that are likely to see a lot of mould and mildew due to moisture.
Rugs not only help improve the aesthetic appeal of your home, they are functional too. Basically, rugs provide another layer of insulation to the floor of your house and can retain warmth.
These features can add a pop of colour or some fun designs to your lounge, hallway, bedroom or dining room.
They're a great option for properties with wooden or polished cement flooring, as they give you a softer area to tread on.
Get new curtains
Check the curtains throughout your house and look for mould. If they're absolutely covered in mildew and growth, get them professionally cleaned for the winter season.
If you haven't already, consider installing new, heavy, thermal-backed curtains to keep the heat inside your home.
Check all doors and windows
Broken, cracked or misaligned doors and windows are often culprits for letting in cold draughts. Make sure you go through the house and check each and every nook and cranny for cold air seeping through the cracks.