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How to prepare your home for autumn

Created: 30/09/2019

Now that autumn has arrived, it’s the perfect time to prepare for the colder months by making some alterations and additions to the home. From small changes such as adding cosy blankets and well-scented candles to larger projects that you may need help from a handyman service in London for, such as draughtproofing, our guide reveals the top was you can get your home autumn-ready.

Prevent any draughts

Rain on a window

When you’re out and about in the cold weather this autumn, the last thing you want is to go home and still feel the cold air, which is why you should draught-proof your home. Not only can you enjoy cosy and warm evening indoors, but you can also save money off your heating bills!

The first place to start is your windows, which can be the biggest source of draughts in your home. Fill in any gaps in the seams of your window by using self-adhesive foam strips or metal plastic strips. Likewise, doors are another big cause for draughts, you can also use the foam and metal strips to help or, to cover any gaps under the doors, you could install a door sweep. If you don’t want to attach something to your door, you could use a cushioned draft excluder instead – which you can find in a style to match your home interior!

A fresh lick of paint

Autumn is the perfect time to give your home a fresh lick of paint. With the colder days meaning you’ll spend more time inside, not to mention the guests you’ll have over during the Christmas period, it will help you feel uplifted and positive if you’re home is looking it’s best.

Add some new curtains

Something as little as switching your curtains can make a huge difference for keeping the warmth inside your home. Avoid ones made with thin, cheap or netted fabric and instead, invest in some curtains that are double-lined, thick and high-quality.

Make it cosy

Pumpkin on a blanket

With it becoming dark earlier in the evening, as well as the weather getting colder, it’s a great idea to make your home a warm and cosy environment. There are some simple ways to make your home cosier that you can follow. Add chunky cable knit blankets onto your sofa and bed for you to grab whenever you need an extra layer as well as placing autumn scented candles around your home, which adds a warming touch.

Sharon from Hornsby Style, an interior design blog, shares her favourite seasonal changes to her home: “For autumn I like to buy new candles to light in the evening, these are especially lovely if you don’t have an open fire and I get out the throws and sheepskins for the sofas to snuggle up with. I think Autumn decor is about creating a cosy haven for when you come in from the dark and the rain.”

Deep clean the house

Clean and tidy bedroom

Although spring cleans are more well known, a deep clean in autumn can equally as refreshing. Wipe away any dust gathering on your furniture, give the skirting boards a clean and clear away any unused items from the cupboards, leaving your home fresh, gleaming and tidy, ready for the new season.

This is a great opportunity to pack away any summer clothes and replace them with your winter wardrobe, ready for the colder days ahead – pack away your sandals and dig out your winter boots, hats, scarves and gloves!

As part of your clean, don’t forget to clean the oven. Although you may have eaten out or used the BBQ for meals during the summer, now it’s time to get your oven ready for cooking some wholesome and warming meals.

If you have a fireplace, it’s also a great time to make sure it’s ready to be up and running soon. Dust away any ash or embers and stack a pile of wood by its side, ready for some cosy autumn nights by the fire.

Check your gutters

It can easily be forgotten, but checking your gutters is important when preparing for the cold season ahead. Leaves, moss and other debris can build up in the gutters and cause major issues in your home including foundation damage and damp. So, save yourself money and time in the long run by checking your gutters in autumn.

Add some autumnal décor

Autumn wreath

If you want to feel truly cosy in your home this autumn, then spend a bit of time adding some autumnal décor inside and outside of your home. Something as simple as hanging an autumn wreath on your door or adding autumn scented potpourri on small trays can add a great seasonal touch. If you have children, this is also a great opportunity to get into the Halloween festivities and create some Halloween themed arts and crafts with the little ones to hang around the home, such as paper leaf garlands and carved pumpkins.

Get your home ready for autumn by following the simple tips listed in this guide, if you need any assistance with anything in your home, whether it’s attaching a door sweeper or painting your rooms, then don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

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