Now is the ideal time to get your home ready for winter

With winter creeping ever closer now might be the ideal time to take steps such as investing in boiler insurance to make sure you stay warm indoors whatever the temperature is outside. It’s also a good time to spruce up where you live, as in poorer weather you’ll probably find yourself spending more time at home.

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This needn’t prove expensive and can be done on a budget:

Tackle one room at a time

While in an ideal world you might want your property to undergo a dramatic makeover like those seen on daytime TV DIY programmes, in reality it’s likely you’ll have to take things one step at a time. Prioritise making changes to the room you’re most unhappy with. Remember a lick of paint can make a big difference, so think about using warm autumnal shades and adding cosy touches such as throws, which can give old furniture a new lease of life. If you concentrate on getting the room exactly as you want it before you move on to the next one you’re less like to end up with a number of half-finished rooms.

Don’t spend a fortune on tools

If you want to become a dab-hand at DIY you don’t need to spend a fortune on tools. Investing in some simple, good value products will help you to get started on a number of basic tasks and if you do find yourself in need of something else there are other ways to get your hands on it. Why not ask around to find out if someone you know is able to lend you the right equipment or hire it for a fee? This will help you to avoid having to splash out on kit that you rarely need.

Clean up rather than replace

In the current economic climate balancing your budget can be tricky, so rather than buying new it can be worth making the best of what you have already. This might mean giving an old carpet a deep clean or polishing an old floor that seems like it’s seen better days. There are a number of products you can buy and guides you can follow to do this yourself, or you could call in a professional if you’re willing to splash a little cash.

Give gardening a go

Now might not seem like the most obvious time to enjoy your garden but getting started on sorting out your outside space sooner rather than later should lead to some great results down the line. So if you have the space, why not make your own vegetable patch? Now is a good time to plant things such as spinach, lettuce and asparagus, so if you want to grow some tasty produce for your dinner table read up on how to get started.

And if you like the look of a plant and are lucky enough to get the owner’s permission to take a cutting it’s well worth doing now. Animal lovers should spring in to action too, as the colder weather can make life hard for birds. Make sure you put up a bird box, a supply of food and offer a little water. If you have a pond this can do the job well, just be sure to lend our feathered friends a hand when it freezes over by breaking the ice so they don’t go thirsty.

There are loads of ways to make your home a better place without needing to break the bank, so take action now before winter sets in.