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With the summer holidays at an end, suitcases packed away, and the new term of school begun, focus traditionally shifts to getting the home winter-ready.

This year is no different as it's already shaping up to be a peak time for home improvement, so it's time to take action on those mental lists and undertake those projects in and around the home.


Whether you are an avid gardener or someone who feels the garden is just somewhere for the kids to play, there are several jobs which should be undertaken before winter closes in. Autumn home improvements should include giving any woodwork such as fencing, garden sheds, pergolas, and decking a good coat of weatherproof paint and sealant. Perhaps a change of sealant colour will brighten up the garden ready for spring. Gather up the kids outside toys, give them a wipe down and store in the shed or garage. Likewise, the lawnmower could do with a service and put in store mode, ready for the first cut of the new year.

Enthusiastic gardeners will still be dead-heading later flowering plants like roses. Raking up leaves as they fall makes the job less arduous than waiting until the end of autumn. Autumn is also a great time for planting early flowering bulbs, to allow the root systems to establish themselves. Shrubs, bushes, and perennials should be cut back, and hedges given their final trim of the year. Delicate plants need lifting and taking indoors, while the bulbs of summer flowering plants like dahlias need to be lifted and stored.


The weather has cooled off, but it’s still warm enough to tolerate open windows without feeling the chill. This makes it the perfect time to tackle the interior paintwork around your home.

Spot touch ups are the quickest way to maintain beautiful walls; simply fill any cracks or chips, sand lightly and re-coat the entire wall. Alternatively, opt for a completely fresh style with new colours for a bright winter look.


What better way to change the look of the inside of your home? Replacing internal doors is a quick and highly effective way of updating your property and you can make a real style statement. There are lots of styles to choose from – plain moulded, white primed with glass or oak with clear glass. Have a look at the choice from IBT and see what suits your home the best.


Replacing your flooring can be a chore, especially during the summer when you just want to be outdoors, so adding this to your list for the Autumn is a good time to think about changes.

Laminate or wood flooring is easy maintenance for when those mucky feet come indoors and can easily be mopped clean. Depending on the finish and look you are aiming for you can have the more modern laminate floor which comes in a range of colours to suit your décor, or the more traditional solid wood floor which suits an older style house but also compliments a modern feel with contemporary furniture.

Its worth deciding whether you’ll be changing colour schemes before purchasing your new floor, and also if you will be fitting yourself or getting an expert in to do it for you. All are price dependant so work out your budget and give the team at IBT a call to see how we can help.


Many homeowners don’t appreciate the long-term damage done to their property by leaking or damaged gutters. The volume of water cascading over blocked or broken guttering through a UK winter can lead to water seeping into foundations and damp penetrating interior walls. If you have old cast-iron or asbestos gutters and downpipes with leaky joints, it might be best to replace them with new plastic gutters.

While cleaning your gutters of debris, check to ensure joints are sealed, brackets are tight and undamaged, and downpipes are secure. It’s also a good time to visually inspect your roof for missing or broken roof and ridge tiles. If your home is surrounded by high deciduous trees, try to wait until the majority of leaves have fallen before undertaking your gutter clean.

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