Getting the house winter and dare I say….Christmas ready

– and Christmas cards are beginning to appear in the shops already.
The Christmas countdown has well and truly begun and as Jaime announced on FB this morning it’s only 100 sleeps away – Thanks for that one Jaime *said tougue in cheek* I’m refusing to believe it’s that close.

there are the annual complaints that Christmas seems to start earlier
every year, the commercialism and the dilution of the festival,
starting preparations early and planning ahead can save a lot of
time, money and hassle.

holiday season can be a rush with family commitments, Christmas
shopping, plays and parties, as well as the risk of losing days if
you go down with a cold or flu.  At such a hectic time, the last
thing you need to deal with are household breakdowns. A spot of DIY
now can help you winter-proof your home before the worst of the
weather sets in. Some tasks you might want to get a professional for
– such as checking loose slates or clearing guttering. Roof
problems are daunting but getting these checked out now before heavy
autumn rains can prevent damaging leaks appearing later on.

jobs are more easily tackled yourself.  Assess any outside
paintwork and consider whether an extra coat might be beneficial.
Exposed woodwork can rot in damp conditions – ensuring any wooden
window frames or similar or properly sealed now can help you avoid
dealing with rotten woodwork later on. Whilst outside, check any
plumbing work which runs outside for external damage and consider how
and if you could cover these. Repairs and planning now can help
prevent frozen pipes later in the year.

about insulation both inside and outside your home. Fitting brush
draught excluders to a letter box is an easy way to reduce the chill
from cold winter winds. Brush door seals can be fitted to the bottom
of internal and external doors and can greatly reduce draughts around
your home. These seals are available with aluminium or PVC strip
fittings, which can be simply screwed into the base of your doors. A
cordless electric screwdriver will make quick work of this job –
check out the range of tools available at AngliaTool Centre.
 A wide range of different insulation materials are readily
available – check your loft insulation now to lower your heating
bills as the temperature drops. Many loft insulating materials can be
simply rolled out.

from acting now to avoid winter weather problems around your home, it
can also be a good time to tackle any DIY projects before the
Christmas rush. This is especially true if you are likely to be
hosting friends and family over the holiday season. Get as many
household repairs dealt with now and you’ll feel much more relaxed
when guests arrive, without any last minute rush to fix minor
problems before their stay. A stitch in time saves nine…

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