It’s always a good idea to get your home prepared for the winter well in advance. If you leave it too late, you might find that damage has already been done, and it can cost a lot to carry out the repairs that will be necessary.

You don’t have to be a home maintenance expert to carry out most of the work that should be done before winter starts. Although of course, it is always a good idea to call in a professional if you’re having any trouble or don’t know where to begin; this way, you’ll definitely get the work done in plenty of time. Here are just three of the main points to think about when you’re getting your home ready for winter.

Clear gutters and drains

Clearing the gutters and drains around your home may not sound like something that’s overly important, but it’s actually crucial if you want to make sure your home stays protected over the winter.

When your gutters are full of leaves and other debris, the water won’t be able to run anywhere, and the overflow can cause damp and leaks in your home. It is important to check your gutters periodically over the winter, as well as at the start, to ensure they remain clear. Remember, during the winter more debris will fall into your gutters and it will rain much more too, which is why this job is more important for the winter than the summer.

Get your furnace checked

The last thing you want to have happen over a cold winter is for your furnace to break down so you have no heat in your home. If this happens, you will either need to have the furnace repaired as an emergency (which often costs more) or you will need to use electric heaters to stay warm, which don’t heat the whole house and are very expensive to run.

By calling in the experts from before winter sets in so they can check your furnace before it is needed to heat your home, and you can prevent any emergencies from taking place. Ideally, you should have your furnace checked on a regular basis so that you’ll never have to suffer from any nasty surprises.

Insulate your home

Another way to get ready for winter is to ensure your insulation is in good order. If you have any missing or the insulation you have needs to be repaired, do this before winter and you will be able to keep your home much warmer and you’ll be spending less on your energy bills too, since the insulation will keep the heat in and you’ll need to burn less fuel to stay warm.

It is also a good idea to insulate your pipes at this time if you haven’t already. You can use a foam layer of lagging that will fit around the pipes and this will stop them from freezing and then bursting should it get very cold. While you’re checking your pipes, remove any vegetation from around them and when this grows around the metal it can cause damage.