Queenslanders love a good summer; the perfect opportunity to hit the beaches, catch some waves, go on a bike ride, take a dip in some rainforest pools, and generally just take in all there is that our fine state has to offer when the weather heats up.
However, what a lot of us cane toads take for granted in the summertime, are the electrical storms, strong winds, heat waves, bushfire threats and even looming cyclones that we don’t prepare enough for.
The best time for preparing your home for the looming summer season is now. The steps that you take today could be the difference in improving the safety of your property, and even the hit to your hip pocket, when summer comes knocking.
Our team at Queensland Custom Homes want to make sure you are well-prepared for summer, so we have listed some of the expert tips we have sourced around town to ensure you get your plan into action now.
- Determine your risks
Defining which risks pose the most threat to your property is key to good planning. Once you have determined which of nature’s finest have the potential to reap havoc on your property, then you can go about setting plans in action to combat the associated risks.
- General property maintenance
Some of the general and highly-manageable maintenance undertakings you should consider are:
- Clean the gutters and downpipes
- Keep your roof in good order, check for cracked roof tiles that need replacing, etc
- Keep overhanging branches trimmed and away from your house
- Be sure to regularly check for any termite infestations, loose fittings, or corrosion
- Taking precautions
Ensure you are well-covered in the event that a natural disaster may occur at your property:
- Check your home insurance policy to make sure it covers you for the natural disaster risks you established as priorities above
- Select a room within your house to use as a storm shelter room, should the need arise
- Know where and how to turn off your water supply and electricity
- Items such as a spare container of fuel, water, batteries and torches, and perhaps a camp oven for cooking are handy items to have stashed away
Further tips for how to prepare your home for natural disasters this summer can be found on the Queensland government RACQ Get Ready Queensland website here. This website is definitely worth checking out if you live in a fire, flood or cyclone-prone area.
- Save some energy
When you whack on the air conditioner to combat the heat we are no doubt going to cop this summer, make sure you’ve done all you can to help take the pressure off your air con first.
- Close to doors in the rooms of the house that don’t get used
- Isolate the air conditioner to the main areas of the home (if possible) if the other rooms aren’t being used
- Use ceiling fans as a first option before putting on the air conditioner. Fans are proven to be more economical to run
- So simple to do – if you are hot, perhaps dress down a little more. There is nothing wrong with singlets or bralettes (for the ladies of course) to wear around the house
- Revisit your energy plan – is it worth calling your current provider to ask what better rate you can be given? Why not, there is nothing is loose, only potential savings to gain
By doing a few quick and easy preparations for your home now, you will be well on your way to a more pleasant summer season this year. Then, all there will be left to do is put your coldies on ice, sit back in your custom planned home for summer, and enjoy the serenity.
For tips on some smart home designs for summer, check out what we have to offer at Queensland Custom Homes online here.