Prep your home for fall

A change of season is an ideal time to give your home decor some sprucing up. There's also a few mundane-ish maintenance things you should do around this time of year too in preparation of winter. So here's how to prep your home for fall.

Add some warmth inside. That means an area rug over wood or tiled floors, a few throw cushions and adding blankets. Perhaps you want to add heavier draperies to your window treatments. Bedding can also be changed from lighter blankets to thicker duvets.

Create ambiance. Candles are great for this. You can also switch up your lighting to lower-wattage bulbs, or install a dimmer in rooms to control the level of light.

Do the clothing swap. That means clearing out mudrooms and coat closets to make room for the coats, boots, and other winter accessories. The same goes for clothing closets - say bye bye to summer stuff and hello to big sweaters, pants, and more.

Get the outside cleaned up. This is the methodical part of prepping your home for fall, but it nonetheless needs to be done. Clear out those gutters and cut back bushes and hedges. Cover any delicate plants with mesh netting to protect it from the winter elements. 

Check out windows and doors. Are there any cracks or gaps where air is getting in or escaping? Make sure everything is well-insulted in preparation of wintertime.

Do a roof inspection. Look for curled or loose tiles. No one wants a leaky roof in fall/winter.

Check the furnace. Make sure you have a new filter in there. Better yet: get a professional in to do a quick once-over on your heating system.

Do a safety check. A change of seasons is a good time to test smoke and carbon monixide detectors. You could also test fire extingishers. 

Melany xx

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