Down The Hatches, Winter Is Coming

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It’s official, fall has arrived. We know that for a fact because a) it is now Septemeber, b) the leaves have gone crisp and golden and c) our knees have gone stiff in the cold. We’re selling Autumn as a bad thing, but the truth is we absolutely love it. We love kicking through the leaves, putting on extra layers, lighting the log burner and sipping on hot chocolate as we watch the entire collection of Bridget Jones. It is just the absolute best.


However, before you get too comfortable in your slippers and dressing gown, there are some home preparations that you need to make. The good news is, you can do most of these yourself. Sure, you may need to go onto and speak to someone about getting a loan, but it will be worth it because these preparations will not only reduce your utility bills but also protect your home-sweet-home in the long run.


So, without further ado, here is your to-do list. Get on it now and you can be sipping on your hot cocoa as soon as this evening.


Fire Up The Furnace

You don’t have to spend more than $100 to have a technician come out, give your furnace the once over and make sure the system is in good knick for the winter. Not only will this quick test mean your furnace is running at maximum efficiency during the colder months, it will also allow you to check for any carbon monoxide leaks. You can’t put a price on safety, but $100 is pretty good.


Check Out Your Roof

Whether you get the ladder out or simply pull on a pair of binoculars, you need to give your roof the once over. What you are checking for is loose, cracked, broken or missing shingles – anything that will encourage a leak to start ruining your house. We always recommend you call in a professional, but even if you go it alone you’ll find that preventing damage now will be a whole lot cheaper than fixing any damage later on. Make sure you pay special attention to the areas around the chimney and any vents.

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Caulk Any Drafts

It doesn’t matter whether you walk around your house with a thermal camera added onto your smartphone or a candle, checking every time it flickers; the point is you need to shut off any drafts that are creeping through your windows and doors and that means caulking. The good news is, you can grab a tube of this stuff for about $6.50. If you really want to get it under control then try weatherstripping your frames too. It’s all about going with belt and braces in winter.


Insulation Beats Layers

As tempting as it can be to just drag an old oil drum into the living room and put on all your jumpers at once, it is far easier to just have your attic insulated. That is because 25% of all your home’s heat is lost through the attic. Yeah, this is a little bit costly up front but it will save you around $200 a year and you could even get a government grant for making the move. Oh, yeah, we have your attention now.

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