1. Prepare to keep outdoor areas clear and safe. One of the most overlooked causes of damage to your home during the winter seasons is dead tree branches. Breaking off in strong winds or under heavy ice and snow, they can cause damage to your windows, car and garden so have your trees trimmed in the autumn, especially those near any buildings or vehicles.
Another helpful tip is to clear your garden and property of any potential hazards — clean up any garden waste, toys and lawn equipment. Having a good shovel nearby will be very handy for those you will experience bad snow.
2. It is very good practice to clean your gutters before winter sets in and you have to combat the winter weather equipped with a ladder and bucket…recipe for an accident! Clearing out your gutters in autumn will greatly reduce the risk of a blockage and any leaky roofs by the time the harsh weather hits.
3. In preparation of having a packed fridge full of Christmas deliciousness, it is a wise idea to give the fridge and freezer a good clean. Defrosting your freezer will not only offer you more space, but also get rid of any unpleasant smells; the same goes for your fridge – place some baking soda in your fridge and freezer after a good clean and its odour-absorbing properties will take care of the rest.
4. Keep a basket of slippers near your front or back door – not only will your family and guests appreciate the warm toes, it saves you having to clean up the mess that wet, snowy boots leaves.
5. A good tip to stop your windows frosting over this winter is to wash them with a mix of warm water and half a cup of rubbing alcohol. This will not only prevent them from frosting over, but will leave them sparkling clean.
6. One of our favourite tricks when getting the house ready for guests and the holidays is the ‘room spray trick.’ Take your curtains, upholstery etc give them a good shake to remove any dust or debris and give them a good spray with some fabric refresh or room fragrance – don’t forget to spray some into the top of your radiators; when your heating comes on it will help circulate the pleasant smells throughout each room.