It can sometimes seem like there is an endless to-do list. Every time you think that you have finished everything and have time to sit back and relax, something else gets added to it. This is even more true with the changing of the seasons, mainly due to the weather which can affect different aspects of your home. In this article, you will find five different easy ways that you can prepare your home for the fall which should help to reduce your to-do list.
Test Your Fire Alarms
In the colder months, it is more likely that you will have fire hazards around you. This is mainly due to the increased desire for the heating or lights to be on as the temperature decreases outside. So, it is best to test your carbon monoxide detectors and change the batteries just so that should the worst happen, you are prepared.
Prepare Your Heating Systems
As mentioned above, you are more likely to seek warmth as the weather outside grows colder, so it is important to check that your heating systems are in working order before you need them. Otherwise, you may be in for a few cold nights where you need to bury yourself under some warm blankets to wait for the repairs out. Another suggestion is to look into potentially reprogramming your thermostat so that your home will be nice and toasty for you when you get in at the end of the day, or when you wake up in the morning. Having the room be warm when you wake up will make it a lot easier for you to get up and get going in the darker, colder mornings that come in Fall. Sunlight in the fall can also help in keeping high temperatures inside the house, especially if you are looking for ways to lower your bills with energy-saving ideas.
Make the Most of the Natural Light
As the temperature diminishes, so will the amount of natural light available during the day. As such, it might be a good idea to rearrange your living space so that you can make the most of the light when it is available to you. For example, you can position your mirrors in a location that will reflect the most light back into the room, making it brighter. Another way to achieve this is to make sure that the windows have been cleaned of all the grime that has built up over the summer months so that they are letting in the maximum amount of light possible.
Grow Indoor Plants
Fall is the perfect time to change up your home décor, and there’s no better way than with some new plants. Houseplants are a great addition because they add life, beauty, color, oxygen (natural air filters), and clean indoor air pollution from any room in your house! If your room lacks direct sunlight, no worries, there is a solution to it. Just use LED grow lights and your plants will grow quickly and healthy just like with the natural light. Here are our favorite fall-themed plant picks for sprucing up those drab corners of yours:
- Ivy often gets a bad wrap in the garden, but it’s actually great as an air-purifying houseplant. Ivy has been shown to remove toxins from your home and can also be hung with fairy lights for some cozy Autumn evenings indoors.
- The Kalanchoe, with its many colors and easy to propagate qualities is an excellent plant for a sunny windowsill. They are well-known as the perfect flowery addition to any room or garden that needs some color of pinks, oranges, whites, or reds in their day!
- The Satin Pothos is a great plant for any home. The trailing vines grow quickly and it requires very little attention from the owner. It also has silver markings on its leaves which provide an elegant shine during the Autumn months.
Make sure you devote all your care to them and keep them alive with a healthy routine. Plants are precious and sensitive, you have to be careful about how to move the plants without hurting them and also watering them with the right amount of water.
Prepare Your Outside Space
With the weather changing, it is unlikely that you will be spending as much time outside as you normally would in the summer. As such, it might be an idea to begin preparing your outdoor space for the colder, wetter months, by protecting any furniture or plants that won’t survive the harsher conditions. For example, either covering or putting any summer outdoor furniture into storage or covering it so that it will still be usable next year. Also, it is best to bring any plants that will need a warmer climate for survival into either your home or a greenhouse.
Contacting A General Contractor
When looking at what needs to be done around your home, you will sometimes need some expert help, so it may be wise to call in a general contractor. General contractors in Sacramento are especially known for their professionalism and dedication. This is because when you are preparing for the new season, particularly Fall, there are several maintenance checks that need to be carried out which you may not feel comfortable doing. Or you could find a problem while carrying out these checks, such as a hole in the siding of your home, or some blocked drainage systems. It is better to find the problem before it can make an impact on your home and have someone who can rectify it than to find the damage after the fact.
Hopefully, these ideas will help you get your home ready for the new season without causing you to feel overwhelmed by the amount of work that needs to be done. It is mostly either retrieving or putting things in storage and making sure that everything is in working order so that when the colder, wetter weather hits, you are as prepared as you can be.