Prepare Your Home for Fall Inside & Out
With the temperatures getting cooler and daylight changing, it’s time to start getting your home prepared for the fall. It may seem like a lot to tackle at first, but with these tips and tricks, you might actually enjoy your cleaning session!
Inside the House
Clean Out the Kitchen
With the fall season comes major holidays such as Thanksgiving that require total control over your kitchen. Make sure that you clean out your pantry of any expired goods to make room for the mass of pumpkin pie puree and stuffing mix. And while you’re at it, it would be wise to go ahead and straighten all of your cooking dishes. The last thing you need is to have your cookie sheet get lost in the abyss.
Test and Clean Smoke Detectors
Your smoke detectors have been working hard these past two seasons. As the third one rolls around, make sure that they are still functioning properly (especially before Thanksgiving because burning a turkey is a lot easier than it seems). While you are replacing the batteries, give your smoke detectors a little TLC by having them cleaned out. This can easily be done by using the soft brush attachment on your vacuum.
Flip Your Mattress
With fall coming it’s time to flip out, but not in the way you think. After sleeping on the same mattress for over half a year, it’s time to flip it over to prevent a slump from forming. Before putting your bed sheets back on sprinkle a little bit of baking soda on top of the mattress to neutralize the odor. Vacuum the residue when finished.
Before the family comes to town (with their family and their family), have the carpets deep cleaned with a nice shampoo treatment. You can have a professional come out get the job done or consider renting a carpet cleaner yourself. Regardless, make sure your home is spotless at least one last time before the year is over.
Clean Out Your Closet
As the colder season rolls around, you will want to make sure your jackets and sweaters are not hidden away. It’s time to officially pack away the tank tops and flip flops for cardigans and boots. Not to mention there needs to be room made especially for your Halloween costume. Once you are finished, feel free to bust out the decorations you’ve kept in your attic. It’s fall so filling your house with skeletons is the perfectly acceptable now.
Outside the House
Check and Clean Gutters
Fall isn’t the same without tons of leaves littering the ground, and potentially your gutters. Before they have the chance to clog up your drains, make sure to clean out your gutters from any current debris. Clearing it out will lessen the chance of further damage. Don’t forget to tackle the downspouts as well!
Close Up the Pool
Although having the pool open in the summer was great, it does nothing but collect leaves in the colder weather. Make sure that before autumn really hits you have your pool drained, cleaned, and prepped for next years barbecues. Be sure to clean off any other swimming equipment as well such as water slides and diving boards. Also, store swimming toys for next year before the dog mistakes it for an early Christmas present.
Touch Up the Paint
Colder weather means harder conditions for your home. This can especially be said for the exterior paint on your home. Go ahead and do some touch ups as needed before running into any possible risks down the road.
Have the Chimney Cleaned Out
There is nothing better than curling up next to a warm fire with hot chocolate on a fall night. However, this isn’t possible if your chimney is filled with soot. Consider having a professional come out to clean your chimney so you can continue enjoying your time by the fire.
If you are looking for more tips and tricks on how to get your home ready for the fall, be sure to keep up to date with all our latest blogs! At Eastland Construction, our main goal is to have you love the home you live in.