The weather conditions outside can, no doubt, affect the inside of the house. Here is the list of necessary precautions you should take before the winter season arrives, assembled by London's Pure Blue Cleaning specially for you: Flooring - place a mat by the front door to prevent incoming snow from ruining your hardwood floors. Windows - make sure every window in your home is locked tight. Place window seals where needed - these little cracks can actually keep your home colder, because of the air constantly coming in the room. Fireplaces - inspect the chimney and the fireplace and clean them preventatively. Pipes - it is a crucial part of your home - once they freeze, they can break and cause significant damage. Cover exposed pipes with insulation sleeves. Try to keep a normal temperature around the house. Curtains - thick curtains keep a room warmer. If you can, change the old curtains with solid drapes and then do the reverse process in the spring. How to protect your home when you go on a vacation? Planned a holiday vacation and can’t wait to get to the hotel? Before you leave the house, there are a few things that need to be done, just to be sure your house will be there when you come back. Pipes - a good option for preventing your pipes from freezing, is to turn off the stop tap and drain the water. This way the pipes will be empty and won’t freeze. Items outside - make sure all instruments, tools, patio, etc. are securely attached if strong winds are expected. The car - if you aren’t traveling with your car, park it in the garage and close the doors tightly. If you don’t have a garage, at least cover it with a cloth. Daily visitor - if possible, ask a neighbour/relative to visit your home once a day to check if everything is okay. This way, any unexpected issue will be solved quickly. Home maintenance is incredibly important - if you are properly prepared for the cold weather serious harm can be done to your house. Of course, there are a million other things you can do, it depends on what the building is, too!