Each year the seasons seem to fly by faster and faster. Although it may be hot right now, soon you’ll start to see leaves changing color, feel a cool breeze blowing, and know that fall is coming. You may think you have plenty of time to decorate and prepare your home for the changing weather, but before you know it, the next season has arrived.
When it comes to your new home in northern Utah, the weather can get mighty cold throughout the fall months. Think about how much more inviting it’ll look with some beautiful fall decorations. It also couldn’t hurt to do a little maintenance and cleaning to keep your home as comfortable as possible. Here are a few tips to help you get your home ready for fall.
1. SHUFFLE 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. MAKE A CREATIVE 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 (yes, even during summer).
3. CLEAN AND CLEAR 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 the harsher winter weather.
4. REORGANIZE 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. OUTSIDE DECOR
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. This is another one where 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. PAINT 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. REVERSE YOUR CEILING FANS
This last one can wait until fall starts, but it never hurts to add it to the 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.
Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons in Utah. These quick maintenance tips will make your Regal home last for years against cooler weather. Taking some time to prepare your new home for the season allows you more time to enjoy the weather that is to come. Inside or out, fall decor goes gorgeously with any Regal home. And whether you’re a DIYer or prefer to purchase at the store, your new home is a great backdrop. If you’re in need of a new home to try these tips in, we’ve got available homes you’re sure to love. Contact us today for more information.