Winter home checklist

Winter home checklist

Autumn has officially arrived, meaning it won’t be long until winter is here. This is a perfect time in the year to start considering ways in which you can prepare your home for those cold, dark days and nights. At the Handy Squad, we have put together an essential winter checklist with some simple suggestions to help prepare your property for this season. Thankfully, we have a wide range of services and expert handymen who can help with many of these tasks too, so this shouldn’t cause too much stress or hassle. Let’s take a look at this checklist so that you can get started!  

1. Prepare for heating  

The first thing we often think of when winter arrives is the cold. What’s the solution to this? Turning your heating on of course! With energy bills on the rise, you may be a bit reluctant to turn your heating on this winter but the switch is bound to be hit at some point. That’s why now is a great time to bleed radiators ensuring they are in their best condition and that you can get maximum heat exposure this winter. If you need help with bleeding your radiator, contact one of our London plumbers who can get the job done!  

london plumber bleed radiator

2. Hanging blinds or curtains 

Next up on our winter checklist is an energy-saving tip. As already mentioned, energy bills are increasing rapidly, so we need to be creative when thinking of ways to keep warm this winter. That’s why we would suggest employing a London handyman to hang blinds or hang curtains, helping to retain heat. Black-out blinds and curtains prevent heat from escaping your property and also stop the cold air from entering in, enabling you to enjoy warmth and comfort to the fullest. This is an effective method which can be used every year, reducing the amount of time you will have to switch your heating on for, therefore, keeping costs down.

hanging curtains and blinds

3. Looking after your pipes  

Another suggestion on our winter checklist is to keep a close eye on your pipes. During the winter, it is easy for pipes to freeze over and burst and this can cause serious damage. If pipes burst, you will be facing an expensive repair bill and you may even be forced to move out of your property. Obviously, no one wants this, so we are reminding you now to check your pipes ahead of the winter season. If cracks do appear, contact us and one of our London plumbers can help with repairs, replacements and sealing over damaged pipes.   

4. Lighting up the dark  

The final step on our winter checklist is to reconsider your lighting options. As we know, the days remain dark for much longer during the winter and so we are more likely to be using lights throughout the day. Not only this but with it being cold and miserable outside, you might not want to venture out as much as you do in the summer, which again would lead to lights being left on for longer. Why not try changing light bulbs to eco-friendly or LED bulbs, so that you can save money on your energy bills?  

Related article: How to Save Money with LED Bulbs  

changing led lightbulb

It’s not just the inside of your property that you need to consider, the exterior is important too. Perhaps your driveway requires some new light installations by one of our London electricians helping to illuminate the way when getting into your car morning or evening? Maybe you need an outdoor light for taking the bins out this winter? Lighting is definitely a key element to consider in your winter checklist so give us a call at 0800-0-12-12-12 to see how our services can assist you.  

Hopefully, this article has given you a list of ideas to get started with before Autumn comes to an end. With our useful tips you will not only be saving money, but you can relax in your winter-efficient home too! We can lend a helping hand with our handyman services, plumbing services, electrical services and more. Fill in our online form to get a free quote from a London handy man and get winter ready.  

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