Preparing your home for the start of autumn

Summer is almost at an end which means we can look forward to cooler days ahead and hopefully some much milder weather too.

At the end of every summer it’s a good idea to check that your property has stood up to the season just past and that it’s ready for the changing weather conditions ahead.

Below are some things that may require particular attention as the new season rolls around:

  1. Ensure smoke alarms are compliant

When the days start getting cooler we’re more likely to start using heaters and fireplaces, which can increase the risk of home fires. It’s recommended that people check their smoke alarms and change batteries when daylight savings ends each year, but it’s worth checking them earlier to ensure that your home remains safe.

  1. Inspect the heating system so it’s ready for colder weather

Speaking of heating, it’s well worth checking any heating systems now so you know they’re working and ready to go when it starts getting cold. There’s nothing worse than finding out your heater doesn’t work on the days when you really want to use it.

  1. Clear out gutters

Get your gutters off to a good start in autumn by cleaning them out now. Gutters tend to get a good workout in autumn when all of those deciduous trees start losing their leaves, so do what you can now to help prevent any serious drainage issues later.

  1. Tidy the garden

Start getting your garden ready for the autumn months by planting new flowers that will thrive in the cooler weather. Also use this time to prune any overgrowth and mow lawns. Keep your lawn green and happy by mowing and watering regularly.

  1. Check for leaks and gaps

You want your home to stay warm and dry in autumn and it will be much easier to do that if there are no gaps letting the cool outside air in. Check for leaks and gaps in the house and seal them up with some new caulking or weather stripping to keep the cold out.

The above checklist should help you prepare your property for the colder weather.

If you’re thinking about selling your property in autumn and would like some advice on how best to prepare your property to suit the season then get in touch with us at Professionals Mudgee Real Estate.

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