The El Niño weather cycle is expected to bring drier and hotter conditions this summer. Here are our top tips on preparing your home:
Water conservation: Install water-saving devices, such as low-flow showerheads and faucets, and fix any leaks. Consider rainwater harvesting or greywater recycling.
Landscaping: Plant drought-tolerant plants and trees, and reduce the amount of lawn area. Mulch around plants to help retain moisture.
Roof & gutter maintenance: Make sure your roof is in good condition and that your gutters are clear of debris to reduce the risk of fire.
Insulation: Insulate your home to help keep it cool in the summer. This can be done by adding insulation to the attic, walls, and floors.
Air conditioning: If you have air conditioning, make sure it is in good working order and that you have a backup plan in case of a power outage.
Emergency preparedness: Make sure you have an emergency plan in place in case of a power outage or fire. This should include a list of essential supplies, such as food, water, and first-aid kit.
The following advice is of a general nature only and intended as a broad guide. The advice should not be regarded as legal, financial, or real estate advice. You should make your own inquiries and obtain independent professional advice tailored to your specific circumstances before making any legal, financial, or real estate decisions.