The temperatures are dropping and seeing as you’re living in a home that was destined to be fixed up, you’re going to feel the cold a little more than usual. There’s nothing wrong with buying a fixer-upper for a home; after all, you want to be able to stamp your own mark on your home that you worked so hard to save for. The thing is, all the décor in the world isn’t going to make your house perfectly warm and stable for the winter months. That is, of course, unless you weather-prep your home so that you can continue to renovate in the warmth!
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to keep your home warm, but you do have to be prepared to spend some money! So, where in your home should you direct some cash while you’re in the middle of other renovations?
- Pipes. Electric heat tape for your water pipes that can stop the pipes from freezing and cracking can actually help you in the long term. If you’re looking after your pipes, you can avoid flooding during the months you REALLY don’t want a flood. These work for both the outside pipework and inside pipework, so you can feel a little more secure that winter isn’t going to be coming inside.
- Attic. Most of the heat you will lose in your home will be through the roof, so if your attic space isn’t well insulated yet, you need to get on that! Find and seal any gaps in the attic by pulling back the insulation to find them. Don’t just stop at the walls through – the ceiling, wiring and any chimney spaces need to be looked at, too. You may not have got that far with your renovations yet but with the cold air coming in, it’s time to get sorted.
- Temperature. The temperature of your boilers and thermostat should be kept at a set temperature. By doing this, you’re saving yourself some cash on your energy bills as you won’t be constantly pushing the heat of the house up. Wrap up warm and use draft excluders in the meantime, so that you can keep your costs minimal while you add insulation around the walls.
- Water. Your renovations may not yet have extended to the boilers and heaters in the home. Wrap your hot water boiler in insulation (read here how!) and you’ll be able to keep your hot water hot for longer.
Your home may be undergoing a facelift, but getting ready for the colder months is so important if you hope to avoid flooding or freezing and spending, even more, money on fixing issues that the cold has created. Working on your home should include a budget purely for winter insulation and protection and if you haven’t so far, it’s time to calculate! Look after your fixer-upper and you’ll find yourself able to move in a lot sooner than you had initially planned!