Winter Is Coming: Tips, Tricks & Style Guide

by limniospropertygroup | 04. May 2018 11:37

As our lifestyles naturally change with the seasons, so should our homes.


With the arrival of May newly among us, this month signals the start of winter and a time for homeowners to ensure their house or investment property is in tip top order. To make the colder months all the more bearable and help you prepare for more than just a change in weather, check out the following tips below:


 


1. COOL-WEATHER WINDOW COVERINGS


Sheer curtains are right on-trend and perfect for balmy summer weather but they’re not so good at keeping the heat in and the cool out. If your windows are lacking in the window-covering department consider investing in some layered or insulated curtains or roller blinds.


 


2. INTRODUCE LAYERS OF TEXTURE


Whether just for your bedroom or extending to your living, study, and lounge areas to, think plush velvet, chunky knitted throws and warming hints of timber or brass if you’re planning on redecorating this winter. Even just a few new cushions can make all the difference when you’re trying to create a warm, snug space to cuddle up in.



 


3. IS IT TIME FOR A NEW HEATER?


How often you use your heater and the size of the space you intend to heat will determine the type of heater that is best for you.



  • Electric heaters are a cheap and portable option – perfect for renters and if they are not being used to heat large spaces or for long periods.

  • Gas heaters are best for larger spaces and for those wishing to heat their homes for longer periods of time.

  • Reverse-cycle air conditioners are much more costly to begin with but can end up being worth it in the long run as they are fairly economical for the amount of heat they generate.



4. CLEAN, SERVICE, OR REPLACE


Every month or two during each season is when you should ideally clean or replace your air conditioning system’s filter. Filters may need more frequent attention if the air conditioner is in constant use, is subjected to dusty conditions, or you have fur-bearing pets in the house.


Did you know that keeping the filter clean or replacing old filters can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5% to 15%?


 


5. REPLACE TIME-WORN LINEN AND TOWELS


A change in seasons is the perfect time to give your linen cupboard a clean-out. Soft fluffy towels and cosy flannelette or linen sheets are a must in the cooler months, so replace the old with the new for some extra added comfort!


 


6. HAVE A ‘DEEP AND MEANINGFUL’ WITH YOUR KITCHEN


The start of each new season is a great time to get amongst the nitty gritty bits of your kitchen that you might have been neglecting… Start by pulling out the fridge and cleaning the coils at the back, wiping down the back wall and removing anything ‘unsavoury’ the kids or pets might have hidden and forgotten about!


 


7. ENSURE YOUR HEATING AND LIGHTING ARE READY FOR ANYTHING


Adjust the temperature in each room so it suits its use. Concentrate the heat on areas that will be regularly lived-in, and use what you need. The same applies for lighting: eco-friendly bulbs can save money, and ensure everyone turns off lights when they leave a room.


 


8. TRIM THE TREES AND CLEAN YOUR GUTTERS… AGAIN!


One part of winter that can wreak havoc is the wild weather. Now that most of the leaves have fallen away, it could be a great time to get pruning on your backyard plants and trees.

Gutters need to be cleared regularly to avoid a build up of water and overflow that can cause damage to your roof, pipes and house. You may feel like you have just done this, but with so many leaves falling this time of year, it’s best to do it once more before the winter rains set in!


 




Should you require any additional advice for the styling or maintenance of your home, our team is here to help! Feel free to give your Property Manager a call on (08) 9328 3866 or send us an email at limnios@limnios.com


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