May 10, 2016 Making your home suitable for every season might seem impossible to you. Surely you need to make changes when the seasons change? This isn’t always the case! You certainly don’t need to make big changes every time the seasons change. You can easily transition your home from winter to summer without spending a lot of money or time on it. In winter, we’re not usually that bothered about the way our homes look. But when summer comes, we always want it to be ready. Many people find that summer sneaks up on them before they’ve realised it, and their homes just aren’t prepared! The tips in this guide will help you to make your home more suitable for every season. Take a look and see if there’s anything you can use to help you make your home more efficient: Choose A Classic Look Choosing a classic look for your home that you know you’ll be happy with for a while will stop you wanting to change it all over every time the seasons change. Seasons change quickly, so trying to keep up when it comes to your decor can take a lot of work and a lot of money. A classic look could be neutral colours with your favourite accent colour to add just a pop of colour. You could even just use black and white. However, it’s a good idea to think of how you would prefer your room to feel year round. If you like a really sleek, cool look, then cooler colours could work well. If you like it to feel warm and cosy, then choose warm and cosy colours to match that. Just make sure that you’ll still enjoy it whatever is going on with the weather outside. If you’re stuck for ideas, there are so many different magazines, websites, and pictures online you can use to help you decide what to do. You should never choose to follow fads when you decorate your home, as they quickly go out of style and you’ll likely grow bored of your choice. Choose something because you like it and you think you’ll like it for a while, not because it’s in style. It doesn’t necessarily need to be something neutral or classic in that sense, as long as you won’t get bored of it for a long time. Fix It Up Make sure your home is as safe and well functioning as it can be by fixing it up. Make sure you have no little issues that need to be fixed. Depending on the season, these issues can be made worse if you’re not careful. Having issues fixed as soon as you spot them rather than leaving them and hoping they won’t get any worse is the best thing you can do. In some cases, you might even be able to fix these issues yourself. Look for tutorials and tips online and you might realise that a problem is easy to fix without having many materials or tools at all. If you’re totally unsure, make sure you contact a professional. They will know exactly what to do. It might cost a bit more money, but it’ll be quicker than you doing it yourself and you know you have the job done properly. Make It Energy Efficient Make your home energy efficient so you’re not losing money. Make sure your appliances are working properly and that they are star rated. It might be a case of having them replaced, which can be off putting as it’ll cost a lot of money. That being said, it’ll be worth it when you see money is coming off your bills each month. You won’t always need to replace your appliances. In some cases you can just take extra precautions to make sure you’re not wasting energy. Not only will you save money, you’ll be doing the environment a favour too! Get The Temperature Right Getting the temperature right in your home is key to making sure it’s suitable for every season. You can do this a number of ways. Ensuring your windows and doors are properly insulated is one way. You can also focus on getting the right kind of blinds or window treatments, as they can cool/insulate your home as you need them to. Of course you also have the option to upgrade your boiler, A/C systems, and fireplaces. There are so many ways you can cool and heat your home depending on your lifestyle. You can read about heating options here to give you a clearer idea. When you can easily control the temperature in your home, you’ll feel far more comfortable. Keep It Clean Keeping your home clean as you go along is essential. Don’t just have ‘spring cleans’ where you’ve left things for so long that you have no option but to clean it up. Clean as you go along and you’ll avoid things like dust allergies, as well as making your home a more attractive, suitable place to be for you and your family. Although we don’t care as much about our homes in winter, it doesn’t mean we should neglect them completely. Make sure you still dust and vacuum, as well as keep clutter at bay. Make Accessories Easy To Swap Over If you like to have a different look for each season, make it really cheap and simple by making your accessories easy to swap over. You can do this by purchasing a few accessories you really like that suit each season best for you. They don’t need to be expensive. But here’s a tip: the heavier they look, the more expensive they look. If you have accessories for each season, you won’t need to go through the hassle of repainting or decorating at all. If you buy accessories that look more expensive, they won’t lose their charm and you should want to keep them for longer. Choose Low Maintenance Plants And Flowers It isn’t just the inside of your home that matters, it’s the outside of your home too. Making your garden a really nice place to be is a good idea, especially when the weather gets warmer. The garden can be a lovely place to relax and spend some time on your own. To make your garden look decent year round, choosing low maintenance plants and flowers will ensure this. You won’t need to water them constantly or do anything special to make them thrive. Plus, they’ll last throughout the year rather than just each season. Do your research on low maintenance plants to help. There are even apps you can download if you’re a total newbie gardener. You still want your garden to look presentable during winter, and low maintenance plants can help you to do that. Choosing garden furniture that won’t get ruined during winter is a really good idea too, but you can also purchase things to protect your furniture if you need to. Replace Windows And Doors If you haven’t had your windows and doors replaced for a while, it could be a good idea to look into it. They will make your house safer and more attractive. They’ll also help you to insulate your home better. You won’t believe the difference a brand new set of windows and a nice door can make. One thing it’s recommended you swap over each season is your window treatments. Curtains are great for colder months, while blinds can be better for summer. It all depends on the feel you want to give your home, and even how much natural light you want to let in. By making sure you get your windows and doors from a reputable place, you’ll find they last alot longer. You should get guarantees and warranties too, which will give you peace of mind. Install CCTV And Alarms CCTV and alarms are essential for protecting your home, whatever the weather. If there’s a season you’re not at home as often, you should make sure you have these in place to protect your property. Some thieves are really clever, and will monitor when you appear to be home and when you’re not. You can deter them and give yourself peace of mind by installing CCTV and alarms. You don’t want to spend a long time making your home suitable for every season, only to let intruders come in and spoil it for you. You don’t even need to invest in real CCTV. Fake CCTV can be just as effective and help you with your peace of mind. It’s definitely worth considering. Hopefully this guide has given you some ideas and pointers on making your home suitable for every season. Doing this will save you messing around each time the weather changes. You can then enjoy your home with minimal effort! If you have some tips and ideas you like to use, make sure you leave them below. I’d love to hear how you take care of your home from season to season. See you again soon!