Sundown, Widemouth Bay, Cornwall: modern Living room by The Bazeley Partnership

Get your home winter-ready right now (and feel smug)

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Admit it, you love feeling smug about something, don't you? We do too, which is why we're sharing our top tips for getting your home winter-ready before everyone else.

You know there's nothing nicer than curling up in your living room, safe in the knowledge you've completed all your winter home prep.  We don't want you to forget anything, or have to call out an emergency heating engineer, so read on and brace yourself because, as they say in Game Of Thrones… winter is coming!

1. Clean you gutters out

It's not a pretty job but it's absolutely vital.

2. Tune up the central heating

Sundown, Widemouth Bay, Cornwall: modern Living room by The Bazeley Partnership
The Bazeley Partnership

Sundown, Widemouth Bay, Cornwall

The Bazeley Partnership

You'll need an engineer for this so get one in before the peak times hit.

3. Install a woodburner

Charnwood Island IIIb Multifuel Boiler Stove: country Living room by Direct Stoves
Direct Stoves

Charnwood Island IIIb Multifuel Boiler Stove

Direct Stoves

Think about installing a woodburner to offset the cost of your heating bills.

4. Check your windows

Traditional Diamond Leaded Heritage Bronze Casements:  Windows & doors  by Architectural Bronze Ltd
Architectural Bronze Ltd

Traditional Diamond Leaded Heritage Bronze Casements

Architectural Bronze Ltd

Check window seals and putty and replace/top up where necessary.

5. Check your roof

​mansard loft conversion fulham: modern Houses by nuspace
nuspace

​mansard loft conversion fulham

nuspace

Check your roof for loose or cracked tiles that could be a hazard in bad weather. Get any you find replaced immediately!

6. Outdoor faucets

Stainless Steel Garden Tap Station with Hose Reel, Tap and Platform:  Garden  by Ingarden Limited
Ingarden Limited

Stainless Steel Garden Tap Station with Hose Reel, Tap and Platform

Ingarden Limited

Turn off outdoor faucets to prevent them from freezing during cold weather.

7. Sprinkler system

Service your sprinkler system with a thorough irrigation or you could suffer frozen pipes!

8. Chimney

Have your chimney swept by a professional. You'll find they're cheaper in autumn than winter!

9. Garden care

Beautiful multistem prunus trees :   by Joanne Alderson Design
Joanne Alderson Design

Beautiful multistem prunus trees

Joanne Alderson Design

Use fallen leaves as mulch for your garden beds as they'll provide great insulation.

10. Stock up on essentials

Tiled Path: modern Garden by Borrowed Space
Borrowed Space

Tiled Path

Borrowed Space

Stock up on essentials, such as salt for paths and sand bags if your home is prone to flooding.

11. Leave summer behind

Photography for Kingshall Estates / Vastu Interiors - House in Northwood, London: modern Bedroom by Adelina Iliev Photography
Adelina Iliev Photography

Photography for Kingshall Estates / Vastu Interiors—House in Northwood, London

Adelina Iliev Photography

Swap out the summer duvet for something with a higher TOG value and get ready to snuggle down.

12. Wardrobe audit

Have a wardrobe audit to make room for new jumpers and coats.

13. Store outdoor furniture

Open-Plan Kitchen/Living Room, Ladbroke Walk, London : modern Garden by Cue & Co of London
Cue & Co of London

Open-Plan Kitchen/Living Room, Ladbroke Walk, London

Cue & Co of London

Put your outdoor furniture into the garage or shed and out of the cold weather.

14. Heavy drapes

Get your heavy drapes dry-cleaned and ready to hang. You don't want a draught, after all.

15. Kitchen essentials

Fallowfield  |  Traditional English Country Kitchen : classic Kitchen by Davonport
Davonport

Fallowfield | Traditional English Country Kitchen

Davonport

Stock up on hearty kitchen essentials, such as cans of soup and pasta and always have a good supply in the cupboards in case of severe weather.

For more winter preparation tips, take a look at this Ideabook: 13 Expert October Gardening Tips (So It Survives Winter).

How else do you prepare your home for winter?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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