There’s no denying it. Autumn will be here before we know it and it will soon be time to get our homes ready for Autumn (and thereafter, Winter!). For those of you thinking about getting your home ready for Autumn, we’ve put together this handy list to break down what you need to do:
Update your interiors
Autumn interiors are all about golden shades, earthy tones, wine reads and peachy pinks with some forest greens and cooler blues in the mix. Think about how you can make small swaps whether it be painting a feature wall, swapping up your soft furnishings, or painting a radiator. There are lots of small ways to bring a colour palette of warmth into your home this Autumn.
Switch up your duvets and get the blankets out
Time to put away the lighter tog duvets and locate your winter bedding. Dig out your cosy throws, blankets and store away anything lighter than you won’t be needing until next year.
Put away your summer clothes
The last thing anyone needs when they are trying to locate their favourite knits is having to battle through summer dresses and sarongs to do so! Put away your summer clothes in storage boxes or vacuum bags, declutter your wardrobe and make way for your cosy jumpers et al (which really do deserve a space of their own!).
Check for any drafts and insulate
Check for any drafts around windows and doors and seal them up. If you haven’t already had your roof insulated, the time to act is now. A quarter of the heat in your house is lost through the roof, so having good loft and wall cavity insulation could do wonders for keeping the house warm and saving energy. Have a look into the various government grants and schemes that subsidise insulation installation.
Check your roof, gutters and drainpipes
As you prepare your home for the autumn season, don’t overlook the importance of gutter maintenance and having the necessary gutter supplies on hand. Make sure your gutters are not clogged, clean them out if need be and check for any breakages. Have a check of the roof to make sure there are no issues there – like loose or missing tiles.
Additionally, inspect your gutters for any damages and use gutter supplies like sealant, hangers, and downspout extensions to address any issues promptly. By taking these measures, you’ll safeguard your home from water damage, redirect water flow effectively, and ensure your gutters are in top condition to handle the challenges of the autumn season. For more information on various gutter supplies, check out Guttersupply.com.
Service or upgrade your boiler
The last thing you want is a bust boiler when the temperatures drop – living in a fridge and having cold showers is most definitely not fun! Get your boiler serviced and if your boiler is reaching 15 years of age it might be time to get a new one. Consider getting a pay monthly boiler like the Ideal Logic+ 30kW COMBI Boiler which only heats the water you need on demand, saving you money on your annual energy bill. It also helps the environment, through the efficient use of gas. This might also be a useful time to look at which thermostat is right for your home.
Check your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
When was the last time you ran a test on your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms? Do you know if they are even working? This is so quick to do and saves lives – a no brainer in my book.
Get your garden ready
Put away anything that won’t withstand the Autumn/Winter in your shed (a good opportunity to have a final tidy up in there too). Mow the lawn, rake up those leaves and consider putting down a net over your lawn to catch them so the lawn doesn’t die underneath them over Winter. Bring in any year round pots inside if they need to be and don’t forget to plant those spring bulbs from next month. And don’t forget to turn off any exterior taps so they don’t freeze up.
Invest in some cosies and get the slow cooker out
Make sure you have plenty of fluffy blankets, some snuggly pyjamas and extra warm slippers to keep you all toasty; enjoy some reverse lie-ins, and making use of that slow cooker. This time of year is all about the art of hygge and cosiness!
Create a wellness nook for relaxation
As you prepare your home for Autumn, consider setting up a special “Wellness Nook” where you can focus on self-care and relaxation. Find a cozy corner or space in your home that you can transform into a calming retreat. Add soft pillows, a plush rug, and a comfortable chair or cushion for seating. Decorate the area with soothing elements like plants, essential oil diffusers, and calming artwork.
Don’t forget the finishing touches
Autumn is a time to get the candles out, string up the fairy lights, and hang an Autumn wreath on the front door. Fill your house with spicy Autumn scents and as the days get shorter, light a candle and turn on those fairy lights in the garden to make things seem less gloomy.
Are you getting your home ready for Autumn? Do share in a comment below.