Right now, summer is winding to an end and we’re heading into the fall season. For many of us, this means spending less time out and about and a lot more time in the space and comfort of our own homes. This makes sense. Who wants to head out when it’s tipping down and cold, when you could be just as comfortable in your own home where it’s cozy and warm? Of course, if you’re spending more time in your home, chances are, you’re going to want to make the space the best it can be. Whether that’s for movie nights in with your nearest and dearest, relaxing with a warm drink and your favourite book in your lounge or hosting festive meals as we approach December. Whatever your plans, here are a few tasks to add to your home improvement checklist!
The first step on any home improvement journey should be decluttering. The vast majority of us find ourselves picking up all sorts of items and belongings that we really don’t need and often don’t really want. This is part and parcel of living in a consumer society that encourages constant spending. Even those of us that are more vigilant about what we bring into our homes can often find ourselves with belongings that we used to love but have worn down, grown disinterested in or no longer use or need. This is where decluttering can come in useful. When you declutter your home, you take some time to look through everything you own. You can weigh up its pros and cons. Do you actually use it? Is it decorative? Does it hold sentimental value? Do you really like it? If the answers to these questions are no, chances are the item you’re looking at can go. Gather together all of the items that you no longer want or need and take some time to decide what to do with them. A lot of items will sell to other people who do want them and will use them. Use online platforms like eBay, or consider heading to a rummage sale or setting up a yard sale. If items won’t sell, or you want to clear them out of your home fast, you may want to donate them to charity. If they are broken or of no use to anyone, even for parts, it may be time to recycle them. Once you’ve decluttered your home, you’ll realize just how much more space you have available to you. Things will feel less overwhelming and more clean and clear.
Speaking of clean, the step following decluttering should be a good bout of deep cleaning. Most of our homes are clean. We carry out all sorts of chores to make sure that they are. But when’s the last time you really deep cleaned your home? Sure, regular cleaning can keep things hygienic and presentable, but there are always more time consuming, less frequently required, tasks that get swept under the carpet and ignored. When you deep clean, you tackle these areas. Common tasks to engage with when deep cleaning include using a carpet cleaning machine, cleaning your oven and microwave, wiping down skirting boards, washing shower curtains, giving the toilet a good scrub, dusting hard to reach corners and more. If you don’t have the time or are unable to deep clean yourself, remember that you can hire professional cleaners for a day or two who will be able to scrub your home to perfection, lifting a weight from your shoulders.
Got any renovation or home improvement work you want to get done? Now is a great time to get started. By looking into renovations and similar work now, you can find that the work is complete in time for the festive season. Whether you’re considering a loft conversion, an extension, cabinet refacing and floor refinishing, having carpets fitted, painting and decorating or anything else, make sure to shop around and get in touch with different companies for quotes. Of course, you want to make sure that the work will be completed to a high standard, so take some time to read reviews and look at portfolios too. This will give you a good idea of what to expect and you’ll be able to feel confident investing your money.
Heating and Insulation
We’re heading into the winter months, so there’s no better time to look into heating and insulation options for your home. There’s no one size fits all fix here, as different properties will have different requirements, but consult a few professionals and you’ll soon get an idea of what needs to be done to keep your home toasty and cozy.
Home improvements can be really fun to get involved with and the results are more than worth the time, money and effort invested, so get started now!