Fall check list for the home.

With back to school approaching us, it is time to think about fall prep to the house and yard!  There is always talk of what to do your yard, but what about your home?  Your local fire stations remind you to check your smoke alarms, what about the rest of your home?

Fall is a great time to de-cluttered as well.  Take inventory of what is in your home and what is no longer of any use to you.  It could be as simple as toys the children have outgrown to excess furniture.  In today’s minimalist society less is better.  That doesn’t mean you need to remove everything!  Just look around as a person who might want to buy your home (even if you aren’t thinking of selling)!  Do you really need all those little knick-knacks you have collected over the years that don’t hold any sentimental value anymore?  How about that over crowded room with furniture?

Your easiest way to make a room look less crowded is maybe move some pieces to another room.  Look at each room and see how the pieces work.  There is a website app that’s called “The Make Room”.  It let’s you look at the room from a bird’s eye view and place furniture in it that best suits the room.

Next, think about the colour scheme you want.  Do the pieces work? Lighter colours make the room stand out. Choose one area of the room you want to stand out.  It could something so simple as a fireplace. What makes it unique? Is it the colours in the mantel?  Or does it anchor your room?  There are some stones out there, that have many shades in them that can make the fireplace pop out.  Which is a great starting point.  Colour can also anchor a piece of furniture. Not just a wall! Choose a colour you may want to accent that piece or the whole wall!  Don’t just restrict to the main  floor of your home either!

Now, after you have de-cluttered and chosen the colours you want, you must think about maintenance.  When was the last time you had your ducts cleaned?  Spring and summer are seasons when most people are in & out of the house more often.  Windows and doors are opened more often with school-aged children home for the summer.  Not to mention getting fresh air into your home! Fall is a great time to book a duct cleaning schedule. This way, you know that the air in your home for those long winter months is clean for the family.  Duct cleaning helps to reduce some of the air-borne allergies that bother many people.   Use this time as well, to change the filter in your furnace.  The best rule of thumb for me, is as the seasons change, change the filter – even if it doesn’t seem dirty.  Also, how old is your furnace?  You may want to have it serviced, so that it runs better.  It may also be time to replace it.  Do it now! You may think it is a costly expense; but better to have the peace of mind knowing that you will have heat when you most desperately need it! I speak from experience on this one!!  You will be amazed at the cost savings you will receive on your next heating bill.

When covering your air conditioner unit, make sure that there are no little critters who have decided to make the unit their home!  Clean off the outside of the unit, and at the same time you get the furnace serviced, see if the company you choose will service the a/c unit.

Check the outside of your home for any minor or major repairs that need done. This should include: weather stripping around all windows and doors;  your soffits, facia, eaves, and downspouts.  Make sure your downspouts don’t run off to areas where you are most likely to walk on a path to a door. Always think ahead to prevent an accident!  Check for any loose shingles on your roof too.  Get those repaired while you have time.

I know thinking about the cold long months of winter is never exciting, but with preparations it doesn’t have to be costly!  I hope you enjoyed reading this post!

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