Winter can be one of the most beautiful seasons, but it can cause damage to your property, yourself and also your purse. With the countdown officially on until Christmas we thought we would not only give you advice on preparing your property for the winter weather but also tips on how to save money - very important with all those Christmas presents you may need to buy.
Preparing your property for Winter...
Winter can be a tough time for your property with everything from heavy rain, to thick snow and frost. Make sure you do all that you can to protect your property this winter.
1. Debris such as leaves can also cause damage from leading to flooding to causing slips, make sure pathways, gutters and drains are clear. Now is also the time to cut down any loose branches, secure loose fencing and put away garden furniture, take a look at our autumn gardening article for more advice.
2. Get your boiler checked, get your chimney swept and bleed your radiators that way you won’t go cold this winter, there are lots of guides available online to help you do this.
3. If you have any external paintwork that is peeling, now is the time to repaint this, it will only get worse through the winter as frost will encourage the cracks to get bigger.
4. Check your insurance covers you for damage caused by the weather. Some people think they are covered for certain things and they aren't, make sure your insurance covers for things like flooding but also accidental damage such as spillages. Lastly, make sure you meet any policy conditions there may be. Your Move can help with Building and Contents Insurance, click here to find out more.
5. It may sound dramatic but put together an emergency kit. Things like power cuts are more common at this time of year so put one together. Include things like; a torch, matches, candles, blankets and some food that doesn’t require cooking.
6. Burst pipes can be expensive, make sure you insulate your pipes to help prevent this happening.
Ideas to stay warm and have fun...
It’s not all miserable, snow days can be great fun and there’s always lots to do in winter. Here are some fun ideas to keep warm and enjoy should this happen.
1. Keep warm by investing in a Christmas themed jumper.
2. Put the oven on and cook up some delicious soup, stew or if you prefer something sweeter maybe a cake or some cookies. Not only will the heat from the oven warm up the house you will also have something delicious to eat!
3. Put on the fire - there is nothing nicer than popping on some thick pyjamas, having a cup of tea and sitting by a nice warm fire.
4. If you haven’t started your Christmas shopping, get online and do it, it’s safer than going in your car to the shops when its hazardous on the roads and a lot less stressful.
5. With all the electronics and technology we have available now it’s easy to forget about old-fashioned fun, dig out those board games from the loft and get everybody together to play.
6. Have a duvet day, set up camp with your duvet, some popcorn or other nibbles and sit and watch those boxsets, tv series or films you have been wanting to watch for ages but just haven’t had the time.
And some money saving tips...
Winter can be an expensive time for everybody and that’s without the expense of the festive season. The cold weather can see household bills rise. Here is a list of tips to help you save the pennies this winter.
1. Make a homemade draught excluder from some stuffing and a pillowcase, use this to prevent draughts sneaking under doors.
2. Find some magnets and place these over keyholes to prevent cold air entering your home.
3. If you can, use a fire, jumpers, hot-water bottles, blankets or duvets on colder days to stay warm, so that you don’t need to put your heating on all the time.
4. Turn off the lights – if you’re not in a room make sure the lights are turned off.
5. Turn electronics off rather than leaving them on standby.
6. Check around the windows and doors for cracks and make sure you seal them. Close the curtains, heat escapes out of windows and cracks, so close the curtains to keep the warm in.
7. Turning down your thermostat by just 1 degree can save you money over the year.
8. Swap your normal lightbulbs for energy saving lightbulbs.
9. When making a hot drink only heat up the amount of water you need rather than filling the kettle.
10. Keep radiators clear, don’t use them to dry clothes or put furniture infront of them. This stops them from heating the room as the clothes and furniture absorbs the heat instead.