Your Winter home checklist
With Christmas on the horizon and a chilly winter around the corner, there are many things to look forward to (and prepare for) at this time of year.
To get your home ready in time for winter’s festivities and inclement weather, now is the perfect time to start preparing.
Replace floor protectors on chairs
Particularly if your home has hardwood floors, the influx of guests brought in by the festive season could result in your dining chairs scraping and scratching your flooring. Check their feet, and add or replace floor-protecting pads if necessary.
Check paths, stairs and railings for safety
As icy mornings set in, your pathways will become more slippery, and could lead to risk if the footing is uneven or a railing isn’t sturdy. Be sure to inspect the outside of your home, paying special attention to walkways, stairs, and railings, and make repairs where needed, before the evenings grow even darker and the temperatures drop.
Welcome nature into your garden
Although hibernation season is upon us, there are still some critters and feathered friends who could use extra help when wild food becomes scarce and water sources freeze. Create a safe spot for nonmigrating birds, by keeping your feeders full and replenishing any water sources in your garden daily. You could also consider adding a bug hotel in your garden, so our pollinators and their friends have somewhere warm and dry to rest.
Get a head start on Christmas prep
If you plan on hosting around the Christmas period, it’s a good idea to take some time now and prepare a few things in advance. Polish your special occasion silverware and favourite plates, clean and iron the fancy linens and tablecloths, and plan out your dining table décor – you’ll thank yourself later.
Deep-clean the bathroom
Aim to schedule a deep clean of the bathroom and guest toilet, so that a quick surface wipe-down will be all you’ll need to get things looking spotless again during the festive season.
Cover any gaps
Minor misalignments of windows and doors, or cracks in the walls may not seem like much of an issue, but your home could lose a considerable amount of heat, and rainwater has a better chance of entering. Check your home for any gaps and cracks and make sure they’re sealed – whether it’s through DIY or investing in a tradesperson.
Remove the last of the autumn leaves
Aim to fit in a gutter-cleaning session once the last leaves have fallen — but before the first fall of snow.
Fix plumbing issues before waiting times skyrocket
If you’re experiencing problems with your plumbing, don’t wait until the busy festive season, when it may be more difficult to find an available plumber. You’ll avoid a Christmas without running water if you fix it now, before the issue worsens over winter.
Bring bulbs indoors
Potted bulbs make a lovely, thoughtful gift, and if you’re potting them for yourself, it’s easy enough to make a bunch to give away throughout the holiday season.
Stock up for winter
Dark, icy, and snowy mornings are hardly the ideal time for last minute trips to the shop for essentials. Taking the time now to stock up on winter gear and supplies will ensure less stress when the weather is not all that desirable.
Check scrapers and de-icers; replace as needed
If you use a fireplace or wood stove, order extra firewood
Stock up on pet and plant safe ice melt
Replenish emergency kits for car and home
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This article was originally published by BriefYourMarket and is reproduced here with their permission.
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