Preparing Your Home for Autumn

Preparing Your Home for Autumn

As the days get shorter and the first few droplets of rain hit the ground, staying indoors whilst curling up on the sofa with a hot drink and your favorite TV series becomes more inviting. However, during the autumn season your home may easily become vulnerable to the changes in temperature and weather conditions and its state may also suffer due to wear and tear.

This year, make sure that your home is prepared and protected for the upcoming winter months, with Laferla’s Autumn Checklist and ensure that your time spent indoors is a pleasant one.

1. Windows and Doors

When the chilly winds start to hit the Maltese islands, it’s definitely important to be cautious and prepared. You can prevent having a draft in your house by using a waterproof sealer to fix any leaky doors and windows. Applying spray foam, caulk or weather stripping can easily solve this problem.

2. Check your roof

Check your roof at least once or twice each year to make sure that there are no leaks, cracks or debris blocking any drains.

3. Keeping warm during the autumn months

Gas heaters and fireplaces are excellent for keeping you warm during those chilly months. However, they can also be quite costly if not used wisely. If you own a gas heater, leave it in a place where the warmth can be spread throughout the rooms of the house. Once your home is warm and the temperature inside is constant you can turn it off.  Gas heaters also cause humidity, so consider opening a window slightly or running a dehumidifier.

Alternatively, if you have a fireplace, make sure it’s maintained and well cleaned out before use. Dry firewood should ideally be stored away from your home as large amounts of wood may increase the risk of a termite infestation.

4. Preventing the desruction of equipment on your roof

Make sure that television aerials, solar panels and satellite dish are securely fixed, due to potential strong winds in stormy weather. If you have any concerns get a professional to take a look.The cost to prevent these problems is a lot less than having to deal with them if they occur.

5. Insure your home

The future cannot be predicted.Nonetheless, you can definitely help secure your safety, home and ultimately your well-being. Obtaining comprehensive home insurance may provide you with cover in case of any accidents which may occur unexpectedly. Laferla’s home insurance provides wide cover, including cover for buildings, contents, personal belongings, public liability and emergency assistance. Click here to find out more about how you can benefit from Laferla’s home insurance with a free online quote.