Budget-Friendly Ways to Prepare Your Home for Fall
By Sheree Thomas, Mortgage Loan Officer
With fall’s recent arrival and winter coming soon, it is important to make sure that your home is ready for the change in seasons. Here are a few tips and ideas that will keep your home safe and stylish as the cold weather arrives.
- Decorating for the fall and winter season can be stressful. The internet is full of DIY ideas and projects that can make your home look fantastic. Some budget-friendly ideas include:
- Use nature – things you can find outside are always great. For fall, use things like branches, leaves, acorns and pinecones.
- Swap out pillows and blankets in your home. Discount stores carry a wide variety of seasonal décor that add color and patterns to your home.
- Fill the house with the smells of the season. This can be done with candles, warm cider or wall plug-ins.
- Paint pumpkins – this inexpensive craft makes for a perfect autumn tradition. All you need are some pumpkins, craft paint and glitter to create a work of art for your home.
- Use edible décor, like apples, in a decorative bowl you already own.
- Clean your roof and gutters – you can do this yourself or hire a company. It is important to check your roof for cracked or missing shingles and to clear off any debris that could hold moisture. Clogged gutters can lead to water damage, so be sure to grab a ladder and remove any buildup of dirt and leaves.
- Winterize your pipes to prevent problems. Cracked and broken pipes can cost thousands of dollars to fix and repair. To winterize your pipes, you cut off the external water and let it drain from outside sources, including your sprinkler system.
- Maintain your landscaping. This is the last chance to take care of your trees and garden, and other landscaping needs before the weather gets tough. Make sure to fertilize and aerate, and remove any dying plants as well as leaves.
- Check your windows. If you have storm windows, change them and remove the screens. Look at the molding around each window and the seal.
- Get your heat source ready for the cold months ahead. Have someone look at your furnace and check the ducts to ensure that they are clean. You should change your filter as well.
- Keep the humidifier working. Dry air in the fall and winter is bad for your health. You and your home will feel more comfortable if you keep your central humidifier in good shape.
Fall is the perfect time to take care of the little things that can make a big difference for you and your home. Many of the tasks listed above are well within the average person’s ability, and are budget-friendly. Do the hard work now so you can sit back and relax later!