How To Prepare Your Home For Fall

With each new season comes change. With the approach of fall, the leaves turn colors, the air turns crisp, and flips flops are exchanged for boots and scarves. There are football games on Saturdays, pumpkin lattes in the morning, and bonfires at night. Our temperatures haven’t changed yet, but surely they will soon! Temperatures, activities, and wardrobes aren’t the only things that need to change a bit for fall. Our homes also need to adjust and be prepared for the new season. It’s that time to change up some decor items and gather all back to school supplies. It’s also the time to prepare your home’s exterior and front landscaping for the impending cooler temperatures! If you are eager to embrace the new season, here are a few ways you can prepare your home for fall.

Bring out the blankets.

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You packed up your blankets and cozy throws for spring and summer, but it’s time to bring them back out. Keep a few blankets readily available for family and guests in a nearby basket or tuck them into a storage ottoman for quick access.

Heat up the hearth.

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Fall is perfect for sitting around the fireplace with the family. So before you light your first fire, be sure to freshen your hearth. Throw away your old hearth tools you’ve had for a decade and bring in new ones along with a new fire screen to complement it. It’s also important to have your chimney inspected before you use it again for the first time. Creosote buildup could start a fire in your chimney and could pose a danger to you and your family. Find a reputable company to inspect your chimney!

Spruce up your bedding.

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Those cool and crisp nights are around the corner, so it’s time to adjust your bedding. Add a duvet or a coverlet for extra warmth or a blanket to go over the sheets. A quilted coverlet is an excellent option because they have a cotton fill that provides the extra warmth needed on those cold nights. Additional accent pillows also offer something to snuggle up with.

Refresh your landscaping.

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Before it gets too cold, be sure to trim up your outdoor landscaping. Trim those shrubs and bushes around your front porch and along your front walkways to create a more inviting entrance. Now is the time to also do your fall plantings. It’s always a good idea to plant new trees and shrubs to keep your yard interesting. The weather is cool, and the soil is still warm enough for roots to thrive. You can also plant certain flowers, like pansies, to add additional color to your landscaping. If you have a garden, it’s time to plant your cool season vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, and spinach, so they have enough time to mature before winter comes.

Prepare your doors and windows.

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With spring and part of summer, your windows and doors might have spent a good amount of time open letting the fresh warm air in. Before the cold sweeps in, be sure to check your doors and windows to make sure they are sealed properly to prevent cold air from creeping into your home. For windows, caulk and sealants are options for sealing and insulating. Weather-stripping your doors is a quick and easy way to prevent unnecessary drafts from entering.

We hope you found this helpful in order to prepare your home for the upcoming months! Stay cozy and stay warm!

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Creating the Ultimate Guest Bedroom

Which room should be the most relaxing and enjoyable room in the house? If you said the guest bedroom, you are correct! We always want to make sure our guests feel at home. The guest bedroom is one of the most crucial rooms in the house to keep in tiptop shape so that we can ensure a comfortable relaxing stay. There are many different items you can include in the décor to really have your guest bedroom rise above the rest, but we condensed it to six essentials.

Basket of Magazines

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The first essential item that really just brings a calming feel is a basket of magazines to pick up a light read. Always keep your magazines that come through the mail, so if your guest would like to take a magazine home with them, they can. Keep a variety of different magazines; different things appeal to different people. Don’t forget about the basket though! Pick something that goes with the rest of the room and any “theme” you might have going in the guest bedroom. Just be creative and make it look pretty.

Hangers Are Key

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We love the idea of having extra hangers in their closet for them just like a hotel. It has a very vacationing feel, and it’s extremely convenient. Try to leave about eight hangers in the closet for your guests.  They will be impressed and very satisfied when it comes to the end of their stay.

Extra Blankets & Pillows

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This is critical because that’s the number one question guests tend to ask: if you have a blanket. Don’t make them ask. Give them extra. Make sure the blankets and extra sheets are always clean and smell nice!

A Full-Length Mirror

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Everyone loves full-length mirrors. We could all probably stand in front of one all day. We want to be able to see our whole outfit all put together. We’re sure you can understand the simple joy and happiness you’re bringing to your guest when you put a full-length mirror in the guest room. They will love it!

The Bedside Table Essentials

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I grouped everything on the bedside table into one category: the bedside table essentials. There are four crucial items necessary for the night stand including books, an alarm clock, lamp, and the Wi-Fi password. Any books will do; remember, different genres appeal to different people. You never know when someone’s in the mood for some midnight reading.

You’re going to need an alarm clock on there, because you don’t want them having to reach for their phone or look at their watch every time they would like to know what time it is. It’s just inconvenient. You also want them to be able to wake up to the radio if they would like. This convenience is the same for the lamp as well. You need a cool lamp that spices up the room with style, but one that is extremely functional. This might be the most used piece in the whole guest bedroom.

Last but not least is the Wi-Fi password. Not many people think about this, but if you have it already set out in front of them, your guests will love you for it. With the social media being so big nowadays, it is just nice to leave it out for them. You can put it in a nice frame and make it look more like a piece of artwork.

Flowers

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Flowers are half for décor and half to add a scent. We have a recent post on how to make the perfect flower arrangement that you can read here. Flower arrangements have a classic, beautiful effect in a room. They work in every area of a room to make the space look softer and more relaxed. It helps that they smell so nice and fresh as well to give a calm soothing effect.

Well, there are our six essentials to conquering the guest bedroom like a pro and making it the ultimate space. Very simple. Very easy. Add this here; add this there. Just to acknowledge all the items again, we have a basket full of magazines, extra closet hangers, extra blankets and sheets, a full-length mirror, the bedside table essentials, and flowers. Your guests will be very impressed and extremely satisfied! We’re sure of it!

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