5 Home Prep Tips for the Fall

Chilly days and falling leaves are right around the corner. The last few weeks of summer are the perfect time to get your home ready for fall.

Here are some ways to get your home ready for the fall.

Furnace and Boiler Prep

Colder days means a need for warmer temps indoors. The weeks leading up to fall are a perfect time to make sure your furnace or boiler are ready to go. To be on the safe side, have your furnace inspected professionally for peace of mind. Replace the filters so your furnace runs efficiently. An efficient furnace during the fall and winter save you money on heating costs.

Fireplace & Chimney Prep

If you have a fireplace now is the time to clean it out. A clean and prepped fireplace and chimney helps to avoid chimney fires. Preparing your fireplace ensures that it runs effectively and works well throughout the fall and winter. There are professionals available for chimney cleaning. Get a professional so you can ensure it is done right. Enjoy family time around the fireplace with peace of mind.

Clean Gutters

Before the leaves start falling, clean out what debris you currently have in your gutters. This will help minimize gutter clogging. Be sure to keep up a regular gutter cleaning schedule during the fall. Don’t feel like cleaning your gutter all the time during the fall? Invest in a gutter guard. This will keep debris and leaves out of your gutter, reducing how much cleaning you actually have to do.

Rearrange tool-shed

Put away the lawn mower, hedge trimmers, and other summer tools. Set out the necessary tools and equipment for fall. Set out your leaf blower, rake, broom, etc. Having these things out and arranged for easy access makes your life easier in the fall. You won’t have to go digging and searching when it’s time to rake the leaves or sweep the yard.

Get a Home Energy Inspection

Finally, get a home energy inspection to make sure you’re not losing energy. Leaks and drafts make it hard to efficiently heat your home. To keep your home comfortable without draining your wallet, get an inspection. A home energy inspector usually checks the attic insulation, windows, doors and more to make sure your home is as efficient as possible.

Check these off your list and you’re closer to having your home ready for the fall season. Are there other things you do to get your home ready each fall? Let us know in the comments.

Getting your home ready for the holidays

The holiday season is upon us! With the holidays come friends and family guests. Hosting guests can sometimes mean decluttering your home and expressing your holiday spirit. There’s so much to do, sometimes it’s easy to forget what else is supposed to be done to make the holidays easier on you. Here are a few things to do to get your home ready & help lift some of the holiday hosting burdens.

  1. Clean up Entrance & Coat Rooms

Hosting the holidays means making room for the extra coats and shoes that will be in your home for guests. To accommodate for that, you should reorganize your front closet for coats and have a stand for shoes. Add an extra coat rack or a cubby for better organization of shoes at the entrance.  Don’t want snow tracked into your house? Have a mat at the door for guests to clean off their shoes.

  1. Reorient the room around the Christmas Tree

If your family celebrates with a tree you can give the living room a more social feel when hosting guests, you can rearrange furniture and place the Christmas tree in a way that gives the room a holiday feel.

  1. Foldable Tables and chairs

More guests than expected at a time? No worries! Utilize folding chairs and tables to add extra seats to the table or make a kids table. You can dress it up with gorgeous table clothes to fit into your holiday home décor.

  1. Clean gutters

If you’re going to be putting holiday lights up outside this season, make sure to clean the gutters first and install a gutter guard. Cleaning the gutters will help add to the clean aesthetic beauty of your home but it also prevents debris from piling up in your gutters and pipes. There’ll be less off a chance of ice dams in your gutters that will freeze up the lights especially if you’re putting lights up on the roof.

These are just a few things you can do to get ready for the holidays. The season should be a fun time with family and friends, so get the stressful stuff out of the way and enjoy the time with family.

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