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9 Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Fall

Posted on 
October 12, 2021

Fall is the best time of year. The leaves are beautiful, you can wear sweaters without being too hot or cold, and everything tastes better! And while fall has some great things about it, there are some downsides to this season as well. One downside is that your home may not be prepared for the change in seasons - which means more work on top of all the other things you have going on! Are you looking for home movers to help reorganize? Use our residential moving services today.

Here are 9 tips for getting your home ready for fall so that you can enjoy this gorgeous season with less stress.

1. Start with a fresh cut lawn

It's time  to start getting your yard into shape. You may have let things go over the summer, but it's time to get back on track and clean up those leaves! Make sure you're taking care of all the lawn needs this fall so that next spring is a breeze.

This way you're not scrambling to get your yard ready for the spring and can enjoy this time of year without worrying about all that extra work.

2. Clean out closets and unpack winter clothes

This is a good time to get rid of the clothes you won't be needing anymore. You probably have some clothes from last year still hanging around in your closet - and if not, spring cleaning will come eventually!

You should also go ahead and pull out all those winter coats, scarves, hats etc., that are going to be coming out soon. This is also the time to make sure your closets are in good working order before you start storing away all those cute sweaters and boots! You don't want to be stuck with a messy closet when it's cold outside, so get things organized now rather than later.

3. Turn up the heat in your house

It's time to start getting your house ready for winter. This is the perfect opportunity to go ahead and crank that thermostat!

You can also put on an extra layer before you leave home if it's chilly, but then take it off when you get into work or wherever else you're headed because once you've reached your destination you'll be nice and warm!

This way you get the best of both worlds - a cozy home when you're there, but an energy efficient one when you leave.

4. Get rid of spider webs around windowsills

When the cooler months come, spider webs become a nuisance. Keep your windowsills clear from these scary spookers by spraying them with a mixture of water and vinegar. The spiders will leave quickly to find somewhere else to set up shop!

The best time for this project is early morning or late evening when the sun isn't blazing down on everything outside. Start by spraying the vinegar and water mixture directly on the spider web. The solution will loosen up all of those sticky strands so they can be easily wiped away with a clean towel or rag. Wipe until you've removed as many of them as possible! Be sure to rinse off any remaining liquid before opening your windows again, it's not good to breathe in vinegar fumes for extended periods of time.

The best way to keep spiders away is by sealing up any cracks or openings where they might be able to sneak inside your home, like around windows and door frames. You can also spray some orange oil on the exterior of your house (just make sure it's safe for use with plants). Once you've taken care of any necessary spider-killing, take a deep breath and enjoy the fresh autumn air!

5. Swap out your summer bedding for cozy flannel sheets

You probably have some summer bedding still hanging around that you'll want to swap out for something warmer. Make sure you're prepared with flannel sheets, cozy blankets and comforters this fall!

Swap your old ones out before the cold weather hits by washing them in hot water along with a cup of vinegar. Vinegar works great as a natural fabric softener, so this process will keep your sheets feeling nice and smooth.

Make sure you've got everything lined up before winter hits because it's not fun to wake up shivering in the morning! If you're already prepared for chilly mornings then enjoy sleeping with the fresh air coming through your window - just make sure there aren't any gaps where the cold air can come in.

You'll feel ready for fall once you've got flannel sheets on your bed and all of these other great projects completed! You're going to have a wonderful time enjoying cooler temperatures with comfort from within, so get started now while there's still plenty of time left this season!

6. Add a few new plants to your interior for natural air purification and increased oxygen levels 

When the weather gets colder outside, it's a great time to bring some plants inside. Not only will they look nice and add an extra touch of green to your home décor, but they'll also help purify the air you breathe!

Many types of common houseplants have been known for their natural ability at naturally improving indoor air quality. These plants have been proven to reduce formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and other chemical pollutants by about 60%. They also work great at clearing out any toxins from the air in a process known as phytoremediation - meaning they help clean up your indoor environment!

Regularly cleaning your houseplants will remove dust that might be built up on their leaves, so they'll be able to absorb more pollutants and improve air quality! You can use a wet cloth or gently spray them, just make sure it's nothing too abrasive. Also keep in mind that you shouldn't fertilize your houseplants during the winter months because this will promote new growth (which is needed for purifying the air) and you don't want them to die from over-fertilization!

Make sure your houseplants are placed in a room that gets plenty of natural sunlight. Once they're set up, it's all about maintaining cleanliness and making sure their leaves dry out before watering again - this will make it easier for them to breathe.

Fresh, clean air is essential to any house - especially when it's getting colder outside! Plants are not only good at improving indoor air quality but they look nice in your home too. Get yourself a few new plants for the season and you'll be breathing easy in no time!

7. Have the chimney inspected for safety

While you're making your home ready for fall, don't forget to have the chimney inspected! The last thing you want is a house fire when it's cold outside and everything needs heating.

Chimneys should be checked by a professional every year before the start of winter because that's when they get used most frequently. There are two types of inspections you can have done - a chimney sweep, which just checks for any obstructions inside the flue area. A more thorough inspection includes looking at your furnace or boiler to make sure it's working properly and in good condition.

A professional will take care of all cleaning needs if there are soot stains in your chimneys because they'll use special chemicals that won't damage the brick or mortar. They're also trained to notice any cracks in your chimney, which may need immediate repair work done before winter comes around again.

The main purpose of an inspection is to make sure all gas lines are working properly and there's nothing obstructing the flow of products through them (gas, air or water). You don't want to have a house fire because you missed something during the inspection - so take care of it now!

8. Make sure you have enough propane for your grill this fall 

If you're planning to grill your food this fall, make sure you have enough propane in stock! You'll want plenty for home cooked meals and the holiday season is a perfect time to invite friends over.

Propane can be found at most major retailers like Walmart or Home Depot - so head there now while it's still early in the season and make sure you have enough for this fall! You don't want to run out, that's for sure.

9. Clean out the gutters and downspouts

Make sure your gutters and downspouts are clean before fall starts. Leaves, dirt and other debris can clog them up if they're not cleaned out now! Cleaning the gutters is one of those jobs that isn't too fun but it needs to be done - so get on it ASAP! You don't want leaves building up and clogging things up while it's raining outside.

Gutters should be cleaned at least once every year because the build-up of leaves, dirt and other debris can cause problems with overflowing or slow draining water. When this happens on your roof, you'll risk having leaks form in different areas that could lead to some serious damage!

Fall is a beautiful time of year. But, it also brings with it some downsides for many homeowners - like preparing your home to be ready before the winter weather arrives and allocating more time and energy to do so. If you want help getting your house in shape for fall, BoxStar Movers can offer small job services! Contact us today at (202) 843-9181 for more information and get a free residential moving services quote.

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