Summer is saying its goodbyes and the wind is beginning to blow colder. Everything is pointing towards fall, from the color of the trees to pumpkin-spice flavors on coffee shop menu. As you pull out your jacket to get ready for fall, here’s a question you need to answer: is your home prepared for fall? With everything going on in your life – work, family, personal time – it can be hard to add fall home maintenance to your to-do list. However, it doesn’t have to be so stressful to get your house ready for fall. Here are some tips that will ensure your home is all set for fall even before summer says its final goodbye.
Pack Up Your Air Conditioning
Your AC is great for summer, no doubt. However, once summer starts winding up, you won’t be needing it for much longer. As such, while you’re getting out your hoodies, it’s important to put your AC away for the coming cold. But how do you do this? Unplug the AC and move the unit from the window to your porch or backyard. You might actually need a friend’s help for this as your AC is most likely bulky. Next, remove and clean the filter, the condenser coils and water pan. Also, clean the exterior of the AC until it’s gleaming – or at least close to gleaming. Then, store the AC unit in an upright position in your basement.
Close up all outdoor items
Your summer furniture is yet another item that should be on your autumn things list. Pack up those lounge chairs, inflatable pools, and just about every other summer outdoor furniture. However, if you feel like you’ll need to have a campfire before winter hits hard, you can leave out a few lounge chairs and tables. And as you get your house ready for fall, remember: it’s going to get windy! You’ll want to keep your trampoline and pool covered up so they don’t accumulate dirt and leaves. Then they’ll be nice and clean for next summer.
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Clear debris from your roof and chimney
When preparing your home for fall, you’ll need to check your roof for debris, twigs, or leaves that may have stuck there. Like we mentioned earlier, fall comes with wind and leaves, so you’ll need to make sure that your roof is completely clear before fall begins. The clearer your roof is, the less dirt you’ll have to clean up after fall is gone. To do this, you might need a long ladder and a helping hand or two. It’s also advisable to check if your chimney is clean just before you light any fall fires. You definitely don’t want to cause smoke damage or suffocation in your home.
Clean out your gutters
Sure, the leaves haven’t started to fall yet, but you’ll still need to clean out nests, acorns, bugs, and twigs from your gutters. The last thing you want is for your gutters to get clogged once fall swings into full season. You can start with the most easily accessible gutters, especially if you’re not a pro at gutter cleaning. Use a secure ladder that can let you get the work done without losing balance. While cleaning, don’t walk all the way up to the top of the rung and try to avoid hard-to-reach areas so as not to lose your balance. However, if you aren’t so comfortable with the thought of climbing a ladder, you can hire a professional to get the job done. Who says you can’t hire a pro to get your house ready for fall?
Check for home safety
Although no one is expecting a natural disaster, you’ll need to ensure that your home is safe and ready for any disaster that might hit. Ensure that your smoke detectors are in good working condition. Next, create an emergency kit that contains all the essentials: medical supplies, sealed water, non-perishable food and the rest.
To swing into a full fall mood, you can decide to revamp your home and give it a new boho chic decor. Then throw in some potpourri for a lovely, homey ambience. You can even add some oranges, juniper berries, or vanilla for a wonderful burst of flavored scents. Now sit back and relax with a steaming cup of tea or your favorite beverage, and soak in the ambience of fall.