5 ways to get your home ready for winter

The sun may be shining now but winter will soon be here, so here are five jobs to do now to get your home ready for winter.

A young man adjusts the temperature control on a radiator

In association with City Plumbing

Winter might be the last thing on your mind right now, especially when the sun is shining and the temperatures are soaring. You probably would prefer to spend time relaxing in your garden than doing DIY inside the house.

But the summer months are a really good time to get some of those major jobs out of the way, so that your home will be looking good and feeling warm for winter. In fact, doing some home renovations now could even help to make your home more energy efficient, which could help to keep your energy bills down over winter. And we all know how much of a hot topic that is right now!

So here are five home renovation jobs that you might want to schedule for the summer, to get your home ready for winter.

Upgrade your boiler and radiators

It’s easy to forget how old your central heating system is, as long as it’s still keeping your home warm. You should be having your boiler serviced and checked annually to make sure that it’s in safe working order but it could be time to consider upgrading your central heating system.

New gas-fired condensing boilers and heat pump systems are far more efficient than older boilers, so this upgrade could actually help you to save money on your energy bill. And replacing radiators with modern models will help to spread the heat more evenly and efficiently throughout your home, making it extra cosy in winter.

Of course, you’ll need to switch off your central heating while the central heating engineer is replacing your boiler and radiators. So it’s definitely better to schedule this job for the summer months!

Replace windows

If your home still has wooden framed windows, the frames will start to look worn after a while even if you look after them regularly. And even double glazed UPVC windows have a limited lifespan, as the seal around the glass can fail over time. 

Condensation, leaks and draughts are all signs that your double glazed windows are not working properly. That could be costing you money as the heat from your central heating system will be escaping through tiny gaps in the window frame.

Replacing your windows in the summer months is often preferable, because obviously your house will be colder when your old windows are removed. However, you might prefer to have your windows replaced in the winter months and especially in the weeks before Christmas. That’s because window companies tend to be less busy in the winter, so you could negotiate a discount on their prices. 

A bright, minimalist spring bedroom decorated in neutral colours with herringbone hardwood floor and plants

Update your flooring

If your flooring is looking worn and tired, replacing it is a great way to change the look of the room. There are a lot of options to consider including carpets, laminate flooring and solid hardwood flooring

Each of these has its own benefits and drawbacks so you need to consider things like comfort, looks and how easy they are to keep clean. If you have pets, you will also need to bear in mind the wear and tear that they can cause on hard flooring. If you decide to go for hardwood floors, you will probably need to hire an expert to install the flooring for you, but laminate floors are fairly simple to install yourself.

The summer months are great for this job, as you can move furniture outdoors while you take up the old flooring and install the new flooring.

Revamp your kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home, and it’s often one of the rooms that people spend most time and money on. If you’ve just moved into a new home, you may want to revamp your kitchen to suit your taste and it’s also a good idea to get your kitchen looking great if you’re planning to sell your home.

Fully replacing a kitchen is a major job that often requires you to turn your water and power off for long periods of time. You’ll need to set up a makeshift kitchen for preparing meals or rely on cold food and takeaways. For this reason, it’s a really good idea to try and plan this work during the warmer months.

Of course, you don’t need to completely replace your kitchen to get it looking great. A partial makeover could just involve replacing the worksurfaces, cupboard doors or tiles. This is less work but still causes some disruption.

A modern bathroom with blue walls, white bathroom furniture and a black and white chequer floor

Makeover your bathroom

The other room that may need a major makeover is your bathroom, and this is another room which can make a big difference to the value of a home. 

If your bathroom suite is still looking good, you might just need to redecorate the walls and put down new flooring. With some stylish accessories added as a finishing touch, your bathroom will soon be looking as good as new.

But if your bathroom looks dated or you just don’t like your bathroom suite, then it will need to be replaced. You might want to install a roll top bath or rainfall shower as part of a full bathroom makeover. This is a fairly major job and you’ll need to have your power and water switched off while the work is in progress, which makes the summer months the ideal time to schedule this job.

All of these jobs could be scheduled at any time of year, but carrying out major tasks like these in summer is the ideal way to get your home ready for winter.

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