Preparing your home for winter can be a rather laborious process, but is nonetheless an important task. There are numerous steps that one has to follow to make this right. As we head into winter, this blog will help you in providing all the tips necessary to prepare your homes for winter. If you are unsure about where to start, follow our step-by-step guide.
Preparing Homes For Winter
Here’s how you can easily brace for winter following these easy steps:
Sealing Your Doors & Windows
Start with sealing doors and windows. In ensuring that your doors and windows, check for any gaping holes or any gauze breakage. Sealed windows and doors allow to keep the house warm, and also to protect against hazardous smog.
For any gaping holes, you can make a small solution of white cement and water in equal parts and put it on the side of the wall where a hole has occurred. The main purpose of this is to keep the glass and wire gauze frame in place. This practice will ensure that your window frame doesn’t get any bigger to disrupt the overall shape and size. You can also get professional help to do this task, and the same is required for both doors and windows.
Over time, steel frames on windows can also get loose or break. While keeping windows open during summers is welcomed, the same can’t be done during winters. Therefore, it is necessary to check your frames and get them fixed ahead of winter.
Painting The House
If you are looking to paint the exterior of your house, it is typically advised not to do so during winter. This is because cool temperature makes it hard for the paint to dry in time, whereas, rains can completely disrupt the task. However, the time before the rains is considered ideal to fix your walls and get a repaint job done as well. You can find all about paints and their drying time in this blog.
Start with fixing any leakages in the wall, covering all water seepage marks, and checking whether or not your caulking needs to be changed. Follow this guide to prepare for an extensive repaint job on your home. After you’re done, these are the tips you need to clean paint stains off of floors and doors.
Clean Your Gutters
You should clean your rain gutters, ahead of time since the downpour can be unpredictable and will not allow you to carry out this task later on. The same is required for other home gutters as well as autumn can leave a heap of leaves and branches getting dumped which can cause blockage. It is advisable to hire professional help for this ordeal so you can be prepared for the winter rains, ahead of time.
Check Your Pipes & Water Geyser
As you would need hot water during the winter months, it’s best to check your pipes. Not all homes have steel pipes now and the hybrid plastic pipes can sometimes expand and break due to hot water.
Also, check your geyser or have a professional look at it to see if there’s any gas leakage or not and whether or not the burner works properly. A geyser that doesn’t work properly can be a real danger to your and your family, as it runs on gas. For this reason, it is important that you get it looked at right away.
Trim Your Trees
Trimming trees is considered to be standard practice as tree leaves and branches fall during autumn and winter, it’s advised that tree leaves and branches be removed. This helps in regrowth during spring, and also keeps your lawns clear of any fallen leaves. Houses are also able to get better lighting during winter as branches get out of the way and present an interrupted view.
Transitioning Your Wardrobe & Linen
Transitioning wardrobe and linen is an integral part of seasonal change as it reflects how your lifestyle completely changes with temperature. As you take out warm winter clothes, it’s a common practice to either place them in the sun or have them dry cleaned. Placing clothes in linen in the sun is a common practice in Pakistan as the sun rays kill any bacteria that remain clinging onto warmer clothes.
If you have any spare carpets, you can put them on your bare tiles as this helps keep the room warm. For colder climates, thicker curtains are also preferred. The key is to create a home that’s warm and comfortable.
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