In the heady days of summer, fall and winter feel a long way away. Your focus moves from trying to conserve heat to finding ways to keep your home cool, and you can relax in your garden, enjoy the longer daylight hours, and make the most of the most delightful season of all.
However, it might be worth using some – and only some – of your summer to think ahead to the colder, darker months of the year. There are a few reasons this can be beneficial:
- During summer, homeowners are thinking about enjoying the summer months, which means fall prep is very much on hold. Then, as fall begins, people begin to think about autumn prep – so demand for professional services begins to climb. By starting early, you can beat the rush.
- It’s well known that fall and winter tend to take a significant amount of prep work, which when done at the end of August can feel a little sad, as if this work is a sign that summer is over. By starting early, you can eke out the summer days for that little bit longer.
- Some projects that are important for getting your home ready for fall or winter can take time; for example, ordering custom replacement windows in order to banish drafts can take six to eight weeks. As a result, you will need to start the process now if you want to be sure that the work will be completed in time for the colder weather.
Of course, some fall prep tasks will have to wait until the seasons change, but you can get a significant head start with the following ideas…
- Heating. Thinking about your household heating and how it could be improved is a great place to start. If your boiler has not been serviced this year, then arrange an appointment as soon as possible. You may also want to think about alternative heating methods such as using gas logs in a fireplace; if you start the process of installation now, everything will be ready to go the moment the weather starts to turn.
- Your roof and gutters. Ask a professional to inspect your roof and identify any signs of damage or wear and tear, and if necessary, arrange for these to be fixed. You can also clean your gutters; you may need to repeat this process when the leaves begin to fall, but you can at least be sure you’re starting with a blank slate.
- Check for drafts. Drafts can compromise the energy efficiency of your home, so fixing these before the cold weather starts could actually help to lower your fuel bills when fall arrives. There are a few different ways to identify drafts, so experiment to see which works for you and then fix each one in turn, either by plugging holes or – as we touched on above – arranging for new windows to be installed.
- Add garden storage. When fall arrives, you’ll need to remove various items from your garden – plant pots that might be blown over by the wind, your sprinkler system, garden tools, patio furniture, and so on and so forth. Simplify this process by adding extra garden storage during the summer; having more space available should make removing summer items far quicker and easier than it would be if you’re having to almost resort to Tetris tactics to make everything fit.
Preparing for fall and winter during summer may sound like a strange idea, but doing so offers numerous benefits that can definitely make it worth giving the idea a try.