Autumn has well and truly arrived and with winter just around the corner, Brits have been advised on the best ways to prepare their homes for cooler weather. 

Overseas property experts from have revealed their top tips and tricks for ensuring properties are ready for autumn and winter, from making cheap and easy insulation fixes, to ensuring drains and gutters are clear. 

As the nights draw in and temperatures drop, it’s important to look after your home and ensure it’s equipped to deal with weather conditions as they deteriorate. 

Homeowners have been encouraged to bleed their radiators, get their boilers checked, and test their home security systems before the worst weather sets in. 

Christopher Nye, overseas property expert at Your Overseas Home said: “Unfortunately, the high temperatures of summer already feel a million miles away, so it’s time to make sure that your home is well equipped to withstand the chillier season. 

“People that own property in Spain and Greece might not have to worry about deteriorating weather conditions quite as much as those in the UK, but some of these tips can be applied  universally.”

Seven ways to prepare your home for cooler weather: 

  1. Clear the gutters and drains

Falling autumn leaves might look pretty and picturesque, but they can be a nightmare for drains and gutters, as they build up and block the water flow. 

Ideally, you should clear your gutters and check them for damage at least once a year, but if you can do it before and after the autumn season, that’s even better. 

  1. Make cheap and easy insulation fixes

A well-insulated home can help to significantly reduce your energy bills, but you don’t have to undertake expensive and intrusive repairs to make a noticeable difference. 

Poorly insulated external and internal doors are one of the most common culprits for heat loss. Ensure your keyhole has a purpose-made escutcheon with a fitted cover, and install a letterbox brush to prevent heat loss. If you have gaps between the door and floor, a brush strip draught excluder will prevent heat from leaving, and the cold from coming into your home. If you have gaps between the door and its frame, you could fill it with fit foam or a brush strip draught excluder.

  1. Bleed your radiators

Bleeding your radiators will ensure that hot water is circulating through your entire heating system, as it gets rid of pockets of air that stop the hot water from circulating efficiently. It’s not the same as draining or flushing your central heating system, but it is a quick and easy task that pretty much anyone can do. 

  1. Get your boiler checked

To ensure they’re operating as efficiently as possible, gas and oil boilers should be serviced once a year by a qualified heating engineer. This is especially important on the run-up to winter, so you can avoid being caught out on a chilly morning. Engineers are notoriously busy during the colder months, so it’s best to get one booked sooner rather than later. 

  1. Tackle your niggling DIY list now

Extreme weather in autumn and winter can cause what are now minor issues to become much bigger – and more expensive. So you should think about repairing broken gates and fence panels, filling in cracked render, and replacing broken paving stones, for example. 

  1. Check and test your home security systems

As the nights draw in, making sure your home is protected is particularly important. Replace any rusty locks and test your home alarm system to ensure it’s working properly, including outdoor security lights. If you can, you could even place deterrents like dummy cameras. 

  1. Inspect your roof and chimneys

Water leaking in from a badly-maintained roof or chimney can damage your home, discolour your walls, and even mark or spoil anything you may keep in your attic. Even if everything seems fine now, all it takes is a heavy snowfall or a bad spell of wind and rain to dislodge tiles or mortar, allowing draughts and water to sneak into your home. 

Save yourself some stress come winter by checking that your tiles are still firmly in place and that any flashing and pointing are still in good condition. If you don’t have easy access, get a roofer to have a look.

Your Overseas Home is a trusted and award-winning source of up-to-date information on buying abroad. Its team of experts helps clients buy property in favourite destinations like Spain, France, Portugal, Italy, Cyprus, and Greece. 

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