With the arrival of autumn, it's time to think about how to prepare your home for the cooler months ahead. Here are some ideas for an autumn home checklist:
Insulate your home
Just as you layer up your clothing to stay warm, your home also needs some extra insulation to keep the heat in. Check for any drafts around doors and windows and seal them up with a good sealer. Older windows are often the worst offenders, so pay extra attention to them.
As the temperature drops and the rain falls harder, moisture can build up inside your home, creating conditions that are ideal for mould and bacteria growth. Consider using a dehumidifier to tackle this issue and make sure to keep it maintained. Clean and empty the water intake and check the air grills for cleanliness.
Check your roof
Before the drizzly weather sets in, it's a good idea to check your roof for any damage. It's best to get an expert to help with this job, as it can be dangerous. Leaving a faulty roof can result in more extensive damage to your property, especially if water gets in. Check the seals around vents and chimneys and seal them up if needed.
Clean your kitchen
Autumn is the perfect time for hearty weekend roasts, but to get your oven functioning properly, it needs a good cleaning. Devote a few hours to cleaning out your oven to ensure better meals for you and your family.
Care for your lawnmower
You will not need to mow your lawn as often during the colder months, it's important to care for your lawnmower. Remember to empty the fuel canisters, change the oil and give it a thorough clean before storing it away.
Warm up your beds
Prepare for colder nights by pulling out your heavier blankets and quilts. If they weren't cleaned at the end of winter, wash them before use. Consider adding warm-toned throws and extra cushions to make your bedrooms feel cosy and inviting.
Autumn leaves can create a mess in your backyard, but they also make a wonderful source of nutrients for your garden. Rake up the leaves and turn them into compost for your yard.
Add some cosy comforts
Make your home feel warm and inviting by adding some autumn-inspired decor. Consider adding warm throws or changing your cushion covers to warmer colours and heavier materials.
Add some seasonal colour
Just because the leaves are changing colour doesn't mean your garden has to be void of colour. Add some seasonal flowering plants to your front entrance area or garden beds to brighten up your home.
Keeping up with general maintenance tasks throughout the year can help keep your home in fantastic shape. These ideas can also entice more buyers if you have one eye on the spring selling season.