Winter is the time of the year a lot of us dread. The sun comes up and goes down a lot later than usual, making the days so much shorter. We feel a little more blue because there’s not lot of light around, making us sad for months on end. And our homes can be beaten black and blue by the wild elements the cold brings with it. So you’re going to need think about your home’s care plan over the next season…
Even if your home is on the small side, and you’ve made it as comfortable and cosy as possible against all odds, you’re going to need to take care of it during the coming winter. You might just have a lot of work to do, so let’s start early and get your prep perfectly ready for when the real sub-zeros hit!
Even ice houses need a little reinforcing for the winter winds! (Image)
Start in the Garden
Your garden is going to need a bit of tidying and winter proofing before you start, to make sure you’re not opening your back door to a winter wasteland, or bringing in unnecessary elements whenever you venture in and out from it. Make sure you clear out your plant beds of any dead plants or debris at least!
First of all, cover up your garden furniture, or put it away in a shed if you have one. And make sure the shed is protected against the elements as well – a good paint stainer will do the trick wonderfully here, keeping your patio furniture and all your tools safe and sound for the new year.
Check Your Roof Tiles
Your roof does a lot for your household, and least of all, it sits there and looks pretty. So you’re going to need to make sure it’ll stand up against the elements on the way to us this winter. Maybe there’s a lot of moss, maybe there’s some missing tiles, maybe you’ve noticed some cracks in the attic ceiling – it’s time to get it sorted.
Phone up some residential roofing professionals to make sure you’ve got a usable roof for the coming season, and the summer beyond it, when everything starts to bake again and you need to trap the cool air in!
Eliminate Any Drafts!
You’ve got a tiny home, it’s going to be a lot easier to lose all of the warmth you’ve managed to conjure up under the door or out of a poorly fitted window seal. About 11% of all the heat in your household slips out of cracks like these, and that’s a huge portion considering the doors and windows are meant to be closed!
Focus on the bigger issues first. Get some draft excluders to press up against these gaps, or even just a thick rug, and then see what you can do about the faulty window pane in the living room.
Your tiny home is going to look great for winter, and it’ll feel great too!
*This is a contributed post.