Home Improvements – To Do List
Indoor people can rejoice as autumn has finally arrived – bringing with it full justification for wearing snazzy knitwear and curling up with a blanket, coffee, and a good book. If you’re a homeowner, now is also the best time to take advantage of the milder weather before winter hits to make any adjustment or additions to your heating and water supplies. If you don’t know where to start, here’s a quick checklist to cover all the basics.
Have An Autumn Clean
We’re all familiar with the tradition of spring cleaning, but autumn is a good time to do a quick declutter too. It’s the time of year when spiders will start looking for new homes, so dust and vacuum away any particularly dusty areas to keep them out, and keep them away by placing a horse chestnut (conkers) in the corners of each room, as these naturally repel them. Additionally, clear any leaves from your gutters to prevent clogged drains, and hunt around for any bits of stray paper or fabric around radiators and heaters to reduce the risk of fires once your heating is switched on.
Refresh Your Windows and Doors
One of the best home improvements to undertake during autumn is replacing or upgrading your doors and windows so your home isn’t draughty over winter. Find out about glass hardware fixings to ensure your windows and sliding doors are properly sealed in time for the colder, wetter weather. If you don’t already have double glazing, now is the time to rectify that, as by retaining the heat you can save money on your gas bill.
Now that your windows and doors are plugged, it’s worth doing the same to the rest of your property. Many homeowners already have loft and wall cavity insulation, but if you don’t now is the time to install it while it’s still warm enough to do construction work. To ensure that your boiler and radiators aren’t wasting valuable energy, add a boiler jacket and thermal-lined curtains, which add an extra layer and keep everything running efficiently.
With a few minimal decor changes, you can make your home look and feel extra cozy. Adding small touches can make all the difference, especially with textiles, like fluffy rugs and knitted blankets, making your sofa look all the more inviting while keeping you nice and snug. Pops of colour can make a huge difference as well, and can make the days feel longer than they are – choose earthy reds, greens, and purples to complement creams and mustard yellows. If you have predominantly metal or plastic furniture, add a little organic freshness with some pot plants which will also help to brighten your space.
Written by: Victoria Clarke. Victoria is a MA graduate in Victorian Literature from the University of Leeds. She is a lover and scholar of the English language, and stellar amateur cook. She is currently a Freelance Copywriter.