If you want to look after your home over the autumn and winter, there are lots of things that you can do. It is this part of the year when our homes are the most vulnerable due to low temperatures, heavy rain and strong winds. Although we are currently enjoying the sunny summer weather, it is always good to start preparing your home for the winter, so that you can rest assured that despite the bad weather, you will be safe as houses!
Something that we often see in the papers and on the news channels after a bad patch of windy weather in the UK, are images of fallen trees. Some of these fall blocking roads, which disrupts travel, and some can fall onto houses, causing damage and danger to those in the home at the time. If you have trees near to your house, it is a good idea to get a professional like this tree surgeon Bournemouth to come and have a look at them. A tree surgeon will be able to tell if a tree is likely to fall, and if it needs to be trimmed back to reduce risk to your home, or if it is dead, in which case it will probably need to be removed completely.
Your central heating is something else that we all rely on as the temperature drops. However, it is not wise to wait until the first cold snap to turn it back on. Checking both the boiler and the radiators before winter arrives is the best thing to do, so any issues can be resolved before winter sets in. Check for odd noises from the boiler, and radiators not heating up fully. If you suspect there is a problem, call a professional heating engineer to come and have a look at it for you.
Your garden should also be taken care of and prepared for the winter. If you are in an area that is prone to flooding, make sure that drains and gutters are clear to give your garden the best chance. Make repairs to anything in the garden that needs it, such as the shed or the fence, and put things like play equipment and garden furniture away for the winter, or at least undercover.