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10 ways to prepare your home for Autumn

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There is more than meets the eye when preparing your home for the change of season. So, read on for our top 10 tips to get your home (and yourself) ready for Autumn.  

Clean and cover patio furniture – Unfortunately summer is now over and sitting out in your garden is a thing of the past, so you’ll no longer need to use your patio furniture.  To keep it in good condition for next summer simply clean the table with a soft cloth and hot soapy water, and wash any chair pads making sure that they are dried thoroughly.  If you don’t have room to store your patio furniture in your shed or garage invest in some good quality tarpaulin to cover the furniture.  Make sure that the tarpaulin is weighed down so it doesn’t blow off when it's windy! 

Tidy your garden to prepare it for the colder months – You’ll need to keep mowing your lawn regularly up until around October time if you want to keep it healthy and in good condition during the autumn and winter months.  Make sure that you clear away any leaves that have fallen onto it and give your borders a tidy up and remove any weeds that have come through.  

Cover garden ponds to prevent leaf-fall – Invest in some netting which can be bought from any garden centre, and place it over your garden pond to stop leaves from falling in.  This will keep your pond clean and your fish healthy.  

Clean out your gutters - Often seen as time-consuming this task is often forgotten about.  But as autumn brings more rainfall and as the tree’s start to shed their leaves, you could find that your pipes and downspouts get blocked up.  This means that your pipes will be ineffective at draining water away from your roof, which may in turn lead to unwanted costly repairs.  So, take the time to give your guttering a good clean (take care when you are on the ladder) or get a professional in to do the job for you.  

Clean like it’s going out of fashion – You went to town cleaning your house when it was Spring, so Autumn should be no different.  Get into every nook and cranny with the vacuum and dust away like there is no tomorrow.  You may lack motivation to do this especially when the darker nights start to draw in, but think of it like this; you’ll be spending much more time at home, so don’t you want it to be clean and tidy? 

Clean patio and decking –  Rain can cause decking and patio areas to become very slippery, so to prevent having a nasty fall, use a jet washer to clear away any built-up dirt and grime.  An anti-fungal cleaner will also help to keep the areas slip-free.  

Check your heating/service the boiler –  It is recommended that you get your boiler serviced by a registered plumber once a year to make sure that it is in good working order.  So, if you haven’t had it checked for a while, now is a good time to do it especially as the colder month’s approach.  The last thing you want is for your boiler to pack up on a cold frosty morning! 

Make your home warm and cosy – Insulating your home will not only make it feel nice and cosy, but it will also stop you wasting energy and save you money.  Check for any cold air coming in through windows and doors and seal them up using weather sealant or draft snakes which you can buy from any hardware shop.  

Make batches of food and freeze them – Save yourself time and money by making batches of food and freezing it.  Designate one day of the week, for example on a Sunday, to prepare and cook your meals.  You might think of it as a hassle at the time, but you’ll thank yourself when you come home from a hard day’s graft at the office and not have to prepare yourself dinner.  You’ll just have to reach into the freezer and pick any one of the healthy meals you made earlier! 

Turn your mattress –  You probably turned it at the beginning of spring so now 6 months have passed it’s time to flex your pecks and do it again.  Heave ho, lets go!