Out of all the seasons, Winter is my least favourite. Don’t get me wrong, I love the build up to Christmas, spending time with family, the excuse to be lazy due to weather and eating ALL the food. However, there’s also two other months in Winter, the dreaded January and February. Unless you have a birthday during these months, what have they got going for them?
I’m pretty sure January got voted the most depressing month too, which doesn’t help. The biggest thing for me is that dreaded 5 week payday, it’s all well and good getting paid early before Christmas, but if you’re anything like me you’ll have it spent over the Christmas period and find yourself struggling with that extra week before payday. So, with that in mind you don’t want to be hit with any unexpected bills to add to the occasion. If you’re really struggling, payday loans online can really help tie you over, but here’s some tips for getting your home and car prepped for the Winter months to make sure you get through:
Preparing Your Home
Whether you live in an apartment or a house, there’s still things you can do to make sure you don’t get any unwanted bills during Winter. The main things that can apply to both is getting your boiler checked, if this breaks it isn’t really something you can hold off fixing, so you’re going to need to splash out on maintenance straight away. Of course, in advance, you can take out boiler cover, but if not then book a service in advance so you don’t have to worry.
Another top tip, mainly for those living in a house, is to get insulation, and i’m not just talking about buying a new hat and scarf to sit about in, I mean proper insulation in the loft, such as cavity wall insulation. Not only will this help you avoid any unwanted problems during Winter, it also means you can save money on your energy bill by not putting the heating on so much, a win win situation really.
Preparing Your Car
Getting your car prepared for winter is something a lot of people forget about, and when the frosty morning creep up on us and you find everything stops working or you break down on the way to the office, then you’ll regret it.
There’s a few things you can do to prepare your car for winter. Firstly, get a maintenance check up in advance to help avoid any worries you might have in the lead up to Winter, they’ll check over everything from engine, battery, tyres and electrics so you’re most likely to get through the Winter months with no problems. If you want to check over things yourself, make sure you change to Winter tyres. These tyres need to have tread no less than 3.5mm. Another problem that comes in Winter is your windscreens. The dirty roads and rain make windscreens really dirty, especially when driving on motorways at high speed, so make sure you keep the windscreen washer full, and change your wipers to winter blades, which are heavier and push snow off easier.
What are your top tips for getting the home and car prepared for the Winter months? Let us know in the comments below to avoid any unwanted bills.