As the leaves change color and the air grows crisper, it’s time to start thinking about getting your home ready for fall.
There are many things to do, but don’t worry; we’ve broken it down into an easy 8-step checklist.
Whether you’re gearing up for chilly days ahead or want to get a head start on your autumn decor, follow these tips, and you’ll be ready for anything fall throws your way!
1. Clean your gutters and downspouts.
Now is a vital time to clean out your gutters and downspouts. Not only will this help to prevent clogs, but it will also reduce the risk of water damage to your home. When gutters and downspouts are clogged, rainwater can’t flow freely and can instead build up, causing leaks and eventually leading to foundation problems.
In addition, leaves and debris collected in gutters can provide a perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew. Taking some time to clear out your gutters now can help prevent costly repairs down the road.
2. Freshen up your interior by changing air filters and dusting surfaces.
Changing your air filters is something you should be doing every few months, but it’s especially important as we head into fall and winter when homes are typically closed up tight. Dirty air filters not only make your home less comfortable but can also lead to health problems.
Once this is done, take some time to dust all surfaces in your home, including ceiling fans, baseboards, and furniture. Not only will this help to clear the air, but it will clear the space for your favorite fall-themed decor. Consider creating a fall-inspired vignette on your coffee table or mantle or swapping out your regular sofa pillows for some plaid or seasonal hues.
3. Trim back overgrown trees and shrubs around your home.
As the trees and shrubs around your home begin to lose their leaves, it’s time to start thinking about trimming them back. Not only will this help to keep your yard looking neat and tidy, but it will also prevent damage to your home as the wind picks up in the autumn months.
Overhanging branches can create weak spots more likely to snap during a winter storm, and heavy snowfall can cause branches to break and fall. Trimming back overgrowth can help keep your home safe and reduce the risk of costly repairs. This will also help your plants stay healthy, allowing them to more easily absorb sunlight and air.
4. Touch up any peeling exterior paint.
As the temperature starts to cool, it’s a good idea to take care of any peeling or chipped paint on your home’s exterior. Not only will this help your home look its best, but it will also protect it from the elements.
Peeling paint is a telltale sign of moisture damage, leading to serious problems like wood rot. By touching up any necessary spots, you’ll prevent moisture from seeping in and causing even more damage. Plus, it will make your home look much more presentable when those daffodils start poking their heads out of the ground.
So put down that pumpkin spice latte and pick up a brush instead. Your home will thank you for it come springtime.
5. Inspect your windows and doors.
Make sure that your windows and doors are properly sealed and insulated. This will help keep the cold air out and the heat in, saving you money on your energy bills.
It’s also a good idea to check for gaps in the caulking and weather-stripping around your windows and doors. These gaps can let in drafts, making your home less comfortable and costing you more to heat.
6. Fertilize your lawn.
Just as you would winterize your car or home, it’s important to give your lawn extra care before the coldest months arrive.
7. Drain and store any garden hoses.
Once you’re done fertilizing your lawn, drain and store your garden hoses properly to prevent freezing and cracking in the colder months. Start by disconnecting all of your hoses from outdoor faucets or spigots. Then open up the valves and allow any remaining water to drain out completely. Then store them in a dry place.
8. Update your home decor with fall accents and autumnal tones!
It’s time to start thinking about adding some seasonal flair to your porch or patio. A few pumpkins or gourds can go a long way in giving your space a natural, festive feel.
You can also add fall-themed throw pillows or blankets to your outdoor furniture, display lanterns and seasonal flowers on your doorstep, and even drape a maple leaf garland around your mailbox to really show off your seasonal spirit!
Following these simple steps, you can prepare your home for fall – inside and out. So roll up the sleeves of your coziest sweater, pour yourself a cup of apple cider, and enjoy all the best this new season has to offer.