It is almost fall! Crisp morning air, falling leaves, and football are sure signs that the weather is turning. If you decorate seasonally then you’re already thinking “out” with pastels and “in” with cozy colors!
With cooler weather means it’s time to look around your house to make sure it is fall ready. From warmer decor to winterizing your yard, here is a checklist to help you make sure you are fully ready for the new season!
Fall Decor Tips
Colorado and Wyoming weather allows for open-window living, well into the fall months, as such a change in your window treatments is likely in order. Transitioning from whispy curtains to heavy drapes always changes the look of a home both inside and out but drapes have more value than just decoration. They can save you money by sealing the cold out of your house when the winter chill sets in. Bring in some warm cozy colors by using soft throws and pillows to accent your living area. In your bedroom, switching to flannel sheets can help you stay cozy while snoozing so you can keep your room cooler at night.
Fall is a good time to check for drafts. Be sure to check the usual places like doors and windows but also check less commonly considered locations like the dog door, wiring holes, plumbing vents, and attic openings.
When was the last time you had your furnace serviced? Fall is always the best time to clean filters and check for any irregularities in your heater’s function. The earlier in the fall you contact a repairman, the more quickly he can get to you. If you wait until the first really cold snap, they are likely to get backlogged.
Do not forget to clean your fireplace before its first winter use. If you have a woodburning fireplace or stove, make sure that the flue is swept properly and that the glass is clean. Also, it is a good idea to make sure nothing shifted by checking to see if it draws correctly. One last thing – always make sure that your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have fresh batteries and that your fire extinguishers are properly serviced and full.
Whether you do it yourself or hire it done, it is always best to winterize your sprinkler system early in the fall. This gives you plenty of time to also inspect for necessary repairs and get set for spring early.
Also, if you did not remodel your exterior, fall is a great time to check your paint, siding, roof, and windows. Typically this is just a visual inspection but if you see potential issues it is a good idea to dig deeper – before bad weather hits.
Did you put up your birdfeeders for the summer? It is often recommended not to feed the birds during the spring and summer but feeding them in the fall and winter is typically welcome! They are always enjoyable to watch and listen to in the wintertime when everything seems to have died back. Their flittering and fluttering seems to be a promise of spring to come.
In your garden beds, be sure to completely clean out any garden debris and dead plants and rake it smooth. It can be nice to lay down a layer of mulch to help protect bulbs that stay in the ground. Speaking of bulbs, if you are planning to plant bulbs for spring, this is a great time to do it!
Summer is coming to a close. Be sure to prepare for fall so you are able to enjoy it as much as the long, warm days passed.