With fall’s recent arrival and winter coming soon, it’s important to make sure your home is ready for the change in season. Here are a few tips that will keep your home safe and looking fabulous as the cold weather arrives.
Decorating for fall and winter holidays can be overwhelming, especially if you’ve run out of ideas for sprucing up your home. Luckily, the internet is filled with do-it-yourself projects that can turn your home into a holiday dream and still keep you on your budget.
Winter weather can wreak havoc on your home without proper maintenance. It’s important every year to check your roof for cracked or missing shingles and to clear off any debris that could hold in moisture. Clogged gutters can also lead to significant water damage, so be sure to grab a ladder and some work gloves to remove any buildup of dirt and leaves.
Cracked and broken pipes can cost thousands of dollars to repair. No homeowner should take a chance at leaving pipes alone for the winter. To winterize your pipes, cut off external water supplies and let water drain from outside sources, including your sprinkler system. To avoid internal damage, insulate pipes and keep your home well heated—especially if you plan on leaving town.
This is your last chance to tend to your trees, garden, and other landscaping needs before the weather gets rough. Some important to-dos include aerating and fertilizing your lawn, removing any dying plants, and covering areas that need to stay warm, like perennials. These steps will save you work in the springtime.
Energy bills can be astronomic in the winter, but there are several ways to combat this monthly dip in your bank account. One way is cutting out unnecessary costs such as cable. Instead of paying over $100 per month, it might be time to cut the cord and look into more affordable entertainment options, such as an online streaming service. And as a bonus, by ditching your old conventional cable system, you won’t have to worry about local outages due to poor weather conditions.
Summer might seem like prime time for pests, but with the weather chilling, certain creatures will want to make their way indoors for warmth as well. Did you know a mouse can fit into an opening in your home as small as a dime? Mice, spiders, and cockroaches are just a few of the pests that may be seeking refuge, so be sure to seal any cracks in outdoor pavement, get rid of clutter, and keep food off the ground. If you’ve encountered problems in the past, it might also be a good idea to hire a professional.
If you’ve been putting off painting those baseboards or tiling that bathroom, now is the time to get to work. Cold weather can make you feel sluggish, making home improvement a last priority. It’s also dangerous to work on projects that involve painting or gluing when it’s too cold to air out your home.
Fall is also an ideal time to finish any projects involving wood, as this material thrives in 35%–55% humidity. Hardwood floors expand and contract with changes in weather, so try to avoid such projects in extreme temperatures.
Make sure you’re ready for this fall and winter by following these tips so you can save money, decorate like a pro, and even avoid a cold weather catastrophe.