Cooler weather is slowly starting to roll in, which means we’re just a little closer to the end of 2020! In all seriousness though, there is a big change in the home when transitioning from summer to fall. Activities and needs around the home will change with the seasons, so here’s a list of 7 things to do to help you get a head start on making sure your home is ready for fall weather.
- Feel around the edges of doors and windows for drafts. Since temperatures will get cooler in the coming months, you’ll want to replace any necessary seals or repair caulking around windows and door frames.
- Prune your plants and trees once the summer growth cycle is over. Try to keep any limbs or branches at least 3 feet away from your house to prevent moisture from dripping into the roof or siding.
- If you use humidifiers during colder months, be sure they are properly cleaned. Replace old filters and clean out any excess moisture. Don’t forget to clean them after each use as well to prevent mildew growth.
- Inspect your roof and clean the gutters. This is the time where leaves start falling and piling up, so make sure there is a system in place to avoid buildup and clogs.
- Test your home safety devices such as smoke detectors. Since heaters, fireplaces and other cold weather necessities can pose a fire hazard, it’s important to make sure your home is protected and all alarms are functioning properly.
- Get your fall toolbox together. This means organizing the garage or shed to have easy access to what you will need most during the season. Examples include a leaf blower, rake and broom. Chances are you’ll use these just about every day, so place them in clear view without any blockage!
- Change the bedding in each room. Add thick cotton or flannel sheets and find the extra blankets for maximum warmth on a chilly night. Go ahead and switch up your decor as well- trade the bright, vibrant florals of summer for muted neutrals that will make you want to light a fire and watch a good movie on the couch.
With these few basic tips, you’re sure to be ready for fall. Grab a pumpkin spice latte and get to work!