Getting your home ready for Autumn + #WIN

home ready for Autumn

There’s no denying it. Autumn is here, the Indian summer we were all hoping for has eluded us and now it’s time to get our homes ready for Autumn (and Winter!). For those of you thinking about getting your home ready for Autumn, here’s what you need to do:

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

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.

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 snuggling pyjamas and some extra warm slippers to keep you all toasty; enjoy some reverse lie-ins, have some decadent smelling candles to light, and start working that slow cooker mamas!

Are you getting your home ready for Autumn? Do share in a comment below.

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54 comments

  1. Insulating your home also has cost benefits to you as homeowner. With added insulation your home will become much more energy efficient. Insulation will keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. This will reduce the amount of heating and cooling appliances you need to use to keep your home comfortable.

  2. I have started to buy scented candles ready for the cold weather and darker nights ahead, we prefer layers than putting on the heating, as many of my family suffer from psoriasis and central heating drys our skin and makes it irritable. so we leave putting the heat on until at least November and then only 15 mins in the morning and 30mins a night

  3. Some great tips there, I’m just in the middle of getting the garden ready, then I’ll start with inside the house with a good clean.

  4. I swap around my cushions and throws for more cosy ones, and add some Autumn colour decorations. All the rest is already taken care of except for cleaning the gutters so thank you for the reminder!

  5. We have a new house so I’m trying to work out how to put the heating on as my partner is undergoing cancer treatment! Nightmare…

  6. I usually get out my candles and throws and make my home look more homely. I also love to make autumnal arts and crafts to hang around my home x

  7. We’ll be clearing out the guttering, servicing the boiler, cleaning the chimney and checking our wood supply for our burner.

  8. Slow Cooker chicken Curry, our bellies nice and full,
    Dave’s got his feet up, enjoying time to chill,
    Our comfies on,smelly candles lit, Curtains tightly drawn
    And without even trying we’ve got our Hygge on!

  9. I’m lucky as I live in a flat where all the maintenance is done for me. However I do like to bring out the heavier linens at this time of year

  10. l do love decorating for each season with flowers, candles and wreaths its nice and refreshing and a welcome change. Im on golden orange and creams for Autumn and have a few pumpkins for Halloween 😀 l do love Halloween !

  11. We’ve booked someone to come and clear out our gutters, and I’m planning on renewing the draught excluder round our front door as it is no longer effective.

  12. I’ll be getting ready for autumn by giving the house a good once over, switching over the summer bedding to winter bedding and changing the scents I use in reed diffusers around the house.

  13. I really need to work on making my home cosy for winter.
    My home is really lacking in anything that makes it feel homely.
    One thing I always love is a big, fuzzy throw. I’d probably have frozen without mine!

  14. Great tips. I have bought some new fleece throws to snuggle on the sofa and I have got the slow cooker out too ready for stew!

  15. I’ve already had the boiler serviced, and it was a good job I did because the engineer spotted a leak from the seal in one part of the boiler! I’ve also dug out some extra throws whoch are currently draped over the back of the sofas waiting for an evening cool enough to need them.

  16. I have already stocked up on some candles & I’m going to be knitting myself a lovely new throw & a scarf for when I have to venture outdoors.

  17. have already started to stock up on winter candles to make my home feel cosy…and lots of winter stews on the menu

  18. I will give the garden a winter makeover, pulling the summer flowers, and planting winter flowering plants to cheer my garden up, and adding some new solar lights to brighten up my home, I get out all of my lamps with my timer plugs so I come home from work to a welcoming glow. In my home I service my boiler, get the slow cooker out of the cellar to start making my winter warming stews and casseroles.

  19. Lots of snuggly throws, plenty of hot chocolate with marshmallows and loads of gorgeous scented candles, to ,sketch my home a relaxing WINTER haven.

  20. I had a new boiler installed over the summer & new double-glazing too ( they’ve been on our to do list for about 10 years ) I just need to tackle the garden & put a few cosy touches around the house

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