So I just looked at my hubby’s “weather center”, and right now it’s 91 degrees here in Central Florida. DANG. Has that stopped me from moving wards the “Fall” mindset?! NO. I LOVE Fall, and I’m SO ready for our weather to reflect it! In that spirit was today’s post penned…errr…typed.How to Get Your Home Ready for Autumn #howto #fall #autumn Click To Tweet
Whether we like it or not, autumn is fast approaching, and that means saying goodbye to the warmer sunnier months and welcoming the crisper, cooler time of year. (YES!) As the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, you’ll want to start finishing up any last-minute maintenance on your home and start getting it prepped for autumn and winter. Here are some great tips on how you can get your home ready for those colder months, so you can be well-prepared waving summer off.
What Prep Do I Need to Do Inside?
There are many tasks you will need to complete inside your home in order to get it ready and prepped for the colder months. If you have a fireplace, make sure it has been cleaned out and that your chimney flute is in good working order. Along with your fireplace, if you have a furnace then you will need to get it ready for winter duty. We would recommend you have this professionally cleaned.
We all know heating bills are rising and rising each year, so it is now more important than ever that you try and keep as much heat in and keep out as much cold as possible. Check for weather stripping on your doors, as this could be letting in a lot of draft into your home. You may also want to think of extra things that you can do to try and keep the heat in. A great way to do this, and also update the décor of your home, is to add some curtains. During the summer months it is nice to have lighter, flowing curtains in your home but in the winter, you should be swapping these out for a thicker, heavier, and better quality design. You can view a large range of lovely curtains perfect for the colder months at curtains.com.
As the months get closer and closer to winter, this also means that your home will get gradually darker. To prepare, you should make sure that you have adequate lighting in your home and that you are making the most out of your natural lighting. Clean your windows and blinds and consider replacing your bulbs to give your room a bright makeover.
The winter months also tend to bring in a lot more dirt and mud from outside due to the cold, damp weather, and so it is vital that you prepare your entryway for this. A rug that will protect your flooring and a wooden shoe rack, a coat rack and a storage bench are all in order. You may also want to consider an umbrella holder if you know there will be lots of wet weather where you live.
Finally, it is important that you carry out a home safety check. You never know, you could potentially be hit with winter power outages and you don’t want to be stuck in a situation where you haven’t prepared for this type of emergency!
What Prep Do I Need to Do Outside?
The outside of your home is just as important as the inside and there are many tasks you will need to complete in order to make sure your home is prepped for autumn.
One of the first things you will need to do is clean out your gutters. This is not a job that anyone particularly likes to do, however, it is something that you should spend time doing annually. Just a couple of hours of work can stop a big problem from forming later on down the line and this will also give you the opportunity to see if there is any loose roof tiling or missing chimney mortars that you may need to have fixed. You probably also won’t be spending as much time in your garden over the winter months, and so now it’s time to start cleaning your outdoor furniture, gardening tools and storing them away before they need to be brought out again next summer.
If you are a keen gardener, then now is the time to also start prepping your flowers. You can start composting and all of those autumn leaves will make for amazing gardening next year. What’s more, unless you are an expert at gardening you may not know that you need to plant bulbs for spring-blooming flowers in October. So, make sure you have your tulips and daffodils planted and reap the rewards the following spring.
Hopefully this post has given you a few things to add to your to-do list! Let’s ALL get ready for FALL! Who’s excited?! (We all know I am!)
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