It’s fall at Havenwood! As the summer warmth begins to fade, it’s time to start thinking about bonfires, cozy sweaters, pumpkin spice, and preparing your home for the upcoming fall season. From cozy décor updates to essential maintenance tasks, there are several steps you can take to ensure your home is ready for the changing weather. Here are some quick tips to help you get your home fall-ready!
Check and Clean Your Gutters
This is the perfect opportunity to prevent a problem before it happens. Before all those gorgeous leaves start to fall, make sure your gutters are clear of any debris from summer storms. Clogged gutters can lead to water damage and potential leaks, so a thorough cleaning is essential.
Inspect Your Heating System
That first chilly night isn’t the time to make sure your furnace is working. Schedule a professional inspection of your furnace or heating system to ensure it’s working efficiently and safely.
Seal Drafts and Leaks
Though cold air can feel great outside, it’s not great when it’s drafting indoors. Check doors, windows, and any openings for gaps, and seal them using weatherstripping or caulk. This simple step can make a big difference in maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature…and it can help you save on your energy bills.
Store Outdoor Furniture
If you’re living in a climate with a lot of snow and rain during the fall, it’s important to preserve your outdoor furniture. Clean and cover items to protect them from the elements, or move them into a shed or garage if possible.
Clean and Inspect Your Fireplace
Nothing says fall like a night around the fireplace. If you have one, now’s the time to get it ready for use. Have the chimney cleaned and inspected to ensure it’s safe for fires. Gather firewood and stock up on essentials like matches and kindling for cozy evenings indoors. Don’t forget some great hot chocolate mix!
Update Indoor and Outdoor Lighting
With shorter days approaching, consider updating your lighting to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. If you have a firepit, you might need some string lights on the trees so you can enjoy it in the twilight. Indoors, swap out cool-toned bulbs for warmer ones and add floor lamps or table lamps to illuminate dark corners.
Schedule Lawn Care
Get set up for a great growing season this spring. Give your lawn some attention before winter arrives. Aerate, fertilize, and apply a fresh layer of mulch to help your plants survive the colder months and thrive come spring.
Inspect Roof and Attic
Check your roof for any damaged or missing shingles that could lead to leaks. Inspect the attic for proper insulation to keep your home well-insulated and energy-efficient. This can also help your energy bills, as well.
Enjoy Spooky Season!
By following these quick and simple tips, you can ensure that your home is well-prepared for the fall season. Once you’re in good shape, sit back with some warm apple cider and settle into the best time of the year!