Credit: Like it or not, winter is coming
With the new academic year now well underway up and down the country, it’s safe to say that summer is over. As such, now is the perfect time to start putting the preparations in place before the early nights and cold mornings draw in.
The truth of the matter is that you probably won’t be required to make the huge changes that you fear. Instead, if you learn to focus on the three key areas below, you should find that your home will be ready for winter in no time.
Given that you’ll be spending more time inside at home than you have in recent months, it’s vital that you are made to feel comfortable. Thankfully, this is a lot easier to achieve than you might imagine. Start with the basics by creating a comfortable bedroom that encourages good sleep. Support it with a bathroom that lets you soak and relax after a hard day’s work or walk home in the rain.
The basic features are the ones that make the biggest difference. Electric underfloor heating can keep rooms at a comfortable temperature during the colder months. This is particularly nice in the mornings. Meanwhile, comfortable sofas and blankets should be a priority for the winter months. Finally, touch lamps let you control the lighting with great results.
Comfort is largely a state of mind. Burglars are particularly active around Christmas time. Protecting your property with security cameras and similar features is never a bad idea, but now is the ideal time to act. After all, it stays darker for far longer.
Comfort and function are closely linked, but you must pay added attention to the latter too. Use this time to attend to roof problems, inadequate windows, and poor insulation. Aside from improving the quality and value of the home, it’ll help reduce your utility bills in no time. If this doesn’t raise a smile, nothing will.
On a separate note, it’s important to value your time. Several resources ranging from dishwashers and washing machines to slow cookers can save time. By reducing the level of work required around the home, you’ll have more free time on your hands. This allows you to focus on all of those fun winter activities.
Above all else, though, the home needs to feel like yours. Otherwise, the hours that you spend locked away from the adverse weather will drag and leave you feeling very unsatisfied. Home entertainment is a key issue. Knowing that your broadband is ready to stream your favourite Netflix shows without buffering is crucial.
Moreover, the homely surroundings need to boast character and charm. Statement pieces are the ideal way to do this while family photos work wonders too. Perhaps most importantly, you should ensure that the home is blessed with products that allow you to complete your tasks. For example, if you work from home, now is the time to build an office space.
Master each of these three key areas, and the property is sure to keep the family happy throughout the winter months and into summer 2019.