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How to prepare your home for autumn

Now that September has arrived and summer is drawing to a close, it’s a great time to carry out some home maintenance. While the weather may still be decent for a few months (you can never really tell with British weather), it’s better to be safe than sorry. Take a leaf out of the Scouts’ book and ‘be prepared’ by getting everything sorted out before it’s too late. That way, when the freezing weather hits, you can rest assured, knowing your home is prepared.  

Draughtproof your home  

Unfortunately, there is no way to escape the British weather (except by moving somewhere exotic, like Spain). However, if dropping everyone and everything you’ve ever known to escape a bit of wind isn’t for you, consider draught-proofing your home. This will prevent the cold from leaking into your home. If you’re not sure where to start, why not enlist help from the experts? If you need assistance draught proofing a home, the Handy Squad’s London handyman service can help. Give us a call at 0800-0 12 12 12, or request a free quote by filling out our online booking form 

Insulate your home  

Similar to draught-proofing, insulating your home can keep you warm. While draught-proofing stops the cold from getting in, insulation stops the warmth from getting out. Not only does it save energy, but good insulation can save you money on your heating bill.  

Related: Tips for insulating your home or office.   

Check on your boilers  

 Checking and repressurising your boiler once every six months is a great way to keep it healthy and extend its life. By keeping your boiler running efficiently, you will also cut down on any potential engineer costs. Depending on the age and type of boiler you have, you’ll need to use a filling key or filling loop (filling hose) to increase the pressure in your system.  

This can be tricky work, so there’s no shame in calling the experts for help. Our plumbers in London are always eager to help.  

Clean the gutters  

If your guttering ever becomes clogged with leaves, this could pose a number of issues. The rainwater may overflow, find its way onto external walls or cavities and create damp or mould.  

Cleaning gutters isn’t a particularly challenging task, but it can be messy, smelly and awkward, with some gutters in hard-to-reach areas. If you aren’t comfortable with heights, it may be a good idea to call a London handyman, as this job requires the use of a ladder.  

Bleed your radiators  

To ensure they are performing to the highest efficiency, it is good to regularly bleed your radiators. Any air trapped inside them prevents warm water from circulating properly, causing your radiator to be warm at the bottom but cold at the top. By removing this air, you allow for full circulation and an even distribution of heat. This is quite a simple task and can be easily completed by following instructions.  

Related: How to bleed a radiator 

Change up your decor  

Perhaps you’re getting tired of your old, worn wallpaper, and you’re thinking of changing things up? Now is a great time to start. Our London-based decorators will be able to hang new wallpaper and transform your home in no time! Is wallpaper not your thing? Our team could paint walls instead!  

Our decorators are polite, professional and fully CRB checked, so you can sit back and relax, knowing you’re in good hands. Our teams of electricians, carpenters, handymen and plumbers can help with any DIY or home improvement tasks. There’s no job too big or small for us. Give our team a call today on 0800-0-12-12-12 and let us know how we can help. Alternatively, request a quote by filling out our online form