Winter is on its way here's a guide to getting your home ready

Winter is on its way here's a guide to getting your home ready


Much of September is warm and sunny, and why wouldn’t it be? It is technically summer for most of the month. However, time passes quickly, and sometimes it is good to have a plan to get your home winter-ready sooner rather than later.

Get cosy and decorate
Painting and decorating your home will not only make it more appealing to buyers but will also cheer up its mood and add light. If you have a fire or log burner, get it serviced and cleaned. Buyers can then see themselves sitting by the fire during viewings. Bring in the warmth and cosiness of winter by decorating your home with soft throws, plush rugs, and warm lighting.

Insulate your home
Draughts and poor insulation can make your home feel chilly and drive up your heating costs. Inspect your doors, windows, and any other potential areas where cold air might seep in, and apply weather stripping, caulk, or insulation as needed.. Think about adding more insulation to your attic to prevent heat from escaping through the roof.

Protect your plumbing
Frozen pipes can lead to expensive damage. Insulate exposed pipes, especially in unheated areas like the garage. It’s also important to get your boiler serviced regularly and bleed your radiators. Regular servicing and checks will be so much cheaper than expensive repairs. And a well-cared-for home that is well-heated will not encourage any winter scars, which can deter buyers.

Energy performance certificate
Having a good energy rating can add value to your home. An EPC provides an indication of how much it will cost to heat your home and how much CO2 it emits. It also gives recommendations for energy-efficient power improvements and the costs and savings that they could generate. Ratings range from A to G, with A being the most efficient home and G being the least efficient.

Create a winter outdoor space
Outdoor spaces are not only desirable, but they are essentially another room in your home. Homes with good outdoor spaces are highly sought-after. Don’t let the winter stop you; add a fire or heater. Create some shelter with your favourite materials. Add a pergola, a winter drape, or build a winter-proof deck with a roof. Then personalise it with your favourite scented candles, herbs, flowers, or winter plants.

Winter cleaning and lighting
Decluttering, cleaning, using candles, incorporating feature lighting, and checking all your bulbs, including LED lighting for better efficiency, will create a sense of space in your home. If potential buyers see that your home is clean, spacious, and attractive, they may not hesitate when it’s time to make an offer.

Do you need the right team of agents to assist you in moving before the cold snap of winter arrives?