Use These Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Fall
Time flies! Especially when it comes to the changing seasons. Fall is a special time of year where you can marvel at color-changing leaves, feel the start of cool, brisk air, and enjoy the festive feels of the coming holidays. Though it may feel like there’s still some time to decorate and prepare your home for the changing weather, you’ll want to get started as soon as possible because before you know it, winter will arrive.
When it comes to your new home in Coastal Georgia, the weather can become quite cold throughout the fall months. However, it remains just warm enough to take care of a few home maintenances and fall decorations. Keep this list of handy tips to help you get your home ready for fall.
1. LOOK THROUGH PRIOR YEARS' FALL DECOR
If you’ve previously decorated your home for fall, you’re sure to have some items that can be reused for this year. However, it’s a good idea to go through what you do have and make sure they’re still usable and fit your updated style. After a year or more in the attic or garage, there are bound to be some pieces falling off. Create piles for keeping, donating, and throwing away so you can start fresh.
2. CREATE AN INSPIRATIONAL FALL PINBOARD
It’s time to figure out how and where to place the decor you decided to keep. Some may need a little sprucing up with spray paint or hot glue. For inspiration on how to decorate your home with what you have, as well as how to refurbish items, use a Pinterest board to collect ideas. If you’re into DIY projects, this is the perfect place to search for ideas. If not, you can certainly find a ton of decorations online or in stores, regardless of the current time of year.
3. CLEAR AND CLEAN OUTDOOR FURNITURE
Before the weather gets too cold, it’s best to clean your outdoor furniture of any residual summer debris. Remove the cushions and spray them with a hose to remove any leftover stains from summer BBQs. Wipe down the chair and couch bodies to clean off any dirt. Then, grab some waterproof furniture covers to keep them clean until you use them again next year. You can also store them in the shed, garage, or outbuilding to protect them from cooler winter weather.
4. REARRANGE YOUR LAWN EQUIPMENT
Something many people forget to do when prepping the outside of their home for fall is to rearrange their lawn equipment. First, you’ll want to make sure everything is working properly. Second, it should be easily accessible. Wherever you keep your equipment, try to organize it in a way that makes sense for the upcoming season. Clean out summer equipment, then move it closer to the back. Bring to the front everything you’ll need for fall and winter. This will ensure you’ll have everything ready for those falling leaves.
5. DECORATE THE OUTSIDE TOO
We touched a little bit on decorating the inside of the home, but if you want to take your fall preparation just a bit further, we highly recommend a few outdoor decorations too. It doesn’t have to be anything super complicated. Usually, a nicely put-together wreath will do the trick. If you’re into DIY projects, you’ll love putting your own twist on a store-bought wreath or creating one from scratch. A beautiful wreath on the front door can be a delightful first sight for what’s to come inside.
6. REPAINT YOUR ENTRANCE DOOR
Speaking of first sights, your front door (or whichever door your guests frequently enter) may have become dull and discolored due to the hot sun. A great way to prepare it for the fall months and have a nice backdrop for your new wreath is a fresh coat of paint. Before painting, wipe down the door to clean it of any debris, then tape off any windows or peepholes. It’s a great way to freshen up the entrance before it gets too cold and only takes an afternoon to complete.
7. CEILING FANS SHOULD TURN CLOCKWISE
This last one can oftentimes be forgotten, so make sure to add it to your fall prep list. Once the weather starts to cool down, reversing your ceiling fans from a counterclockwise rotation to a clockwise rotation will not only keep your home comfortably warmer but also save on your fall energy bill.
Georgia is a beautiful place to live during the fall season. These quick maintenance tips will help make your Ernest home last even longer against cooler weather. You’ll also be able to enjoy all of the local festivities knowing your home is well-prepared and beautifully decorated. Plus, an Ernest home always looks gorgeous inside and out no matter the season, and provides the perfect backdrop for all of your decor ideas. If you’re in need of a new home to try these tips in, we have many available homes you’re sure to love. Contact us today for more information.