With slightly cooler days in April, it’s the perfect time to take a look at those jobs on your to-do list that you couldn’t face in the summer heat and also start prepping your home for winter.
And just remember, if you keep chipping away at your list month by month your home will always stay in tip-top condition.
Below is Your home to-do checklist for April:
1. Clean bedding
After being packed away for 6 months, your blankets and duvets will need to be refreshed by giving them a clean. Also, think about flipping over the mattress if you find it is starting to sink in the middle.
2. Refresh your winter clothes
With the middle of the day still quite warm, it’s the perfect time to go through your winter wardrobe and give your jumpers and longer sleeved clothes a wash. This way they’ll be all fresh and clean when that temperature really drops.
3. Fireplace check
If you’re lucky to have a fireplace in your home before you start the first fire of the season, make sure that the chimney flute is inspected and cleaned. Once it’s safe, you’re able to light a lovely warm fire on those cooler days.
Rain can be quite unpredictable at this time of year so while it’s still relatively dry, start to collect or buy firewood and place it in a well protected dry place. And remember to collect kindling wood.
5. Daylight savings
If you’re in NSW, SA, VIC, TAS and ACT you’ll need to turn back the clock, otherwise you’re going to be early to a lot of things.
6. Fire alarm check
It’s always encouraged that your fire alarms are checked and batteries are replaced on the daylight savings weekend. With the increased home fire threat in winter due to heaters and fireplaces, this is crucial to do in April.
7. Home painting
While the days are still warm enough, get any house painting done now so that the paint can dry quickly. When winter hits there will be more moisture inside and it can affect your paintwork.
If you’re not sure where to get started, see our tips for painting interior walls.
8. Clean out the fridge
Tis the season for slow cooking, pies and roast dinners (YUM!). But before you get stuck into your winter cooking, think about cleaning out the fridge of anything that is out of date and give it a general top to bottom clean.
With allergies at an all-time high over winter, dusting regularly throughout the house is important to keep allergens at bay. Dust all surfaces with a proper duster that will pick it up, rather than a cloth that just moves it around. And don’t forget to vacuum and mop after as well to ensure it’s all removed.
10. Mould Prep
Yep – it’s that time of year again where mould can take over your bathroom, living areas or even worse, your wardrobe. Protect yourself, and your clothes, by giving the house a thorough clean now to remove any mould already presenting itself before it gets cold outside and warm inside.
For your wardrobe, fit with moisture beads that help to soak up any moisture and make sure that you allow for plenty of airflow. If you would like more information about how to keep a mould free home here’s how to rid mould for good.