Cooler temperatures and falling leaves are a good reminder that autumn has arrived. Here are a few tips to keep your home running smoothly.
The weather changes quickly in this season, so it’s good to be prepared! Whether you’re renting or own your property, use this handy autumn home checklist from LJ Hooker to save you from running into problems down the track.
#1 – Keep the heat in
Just as you would sew up holes in jumpers or jackets, cover the holes in your home. If you have an investment property, pick up a good sealer and go around areas where heat could escape. Look at doors and windows, and fill in any cracks that arise. Watch out for older windows, as these are often the worst offenders for letting in drafts.
#2 – Own your home? Check out your roof
It is probably best to get an expert to help you with this job as it can be dangerous. But getting up and checking that the tiles on the roof are all in good condition and not damaged is an important job to do at least once a year before the weather gets drizzly.
#3 – Manage the moisture
One issue that typically arises over autumn is the buildup of moisture. As rains fall harder and the temperature drops, it becomes more difficult to keep spaces dry, creating fertile conditions for mould and other bacteria. One way of tackling this is with a dehumidifier, but keep yours maintained.
Give yours a once-over this autumn, and check the cleanliness of your air grills.
#4 – Clean the kitchen
One of our favourite things about colder months is the menu – particularly those hearty weekend roasts where slow cooking gives the whole living area some warmth and flavour.
Of course, to get a roast going perfectly, you’ll need a clean oven, and this is something that many people can neglect over summer.
Devoting a few hours to properly cleaning out your oven will help it function better, resulting in better meals for you and anyone you live with.
#5 – Create some compost
One of the most iconic images of autumn is golden leaves falling from trees. Of course, the flipside of this is that it can create quite the leafy mess across your backyard or get in the way of your curb appeal. Raking up all of these and preparing them for compost is a great way to turn one of the messiest parts of autumn into a fantastic and productive part of the home.
Leaves are a wonderful source of nutrients, and by gathering them all up, you could see a thriving compost heap for your yard.
#6 – Consider your lawn
In autumn and winter, we don’t mow the lawns with the regularity we do in summer. After all, if we’re going to be curled up indoors during these months, is there much point?
If you’re someone who puts the lawnmower into hibernation for winter, remember to empty the fuel canisters. This is one for a little later in the seasons, we think, but it’s always good to keep in mind.
Changing the oil and giving it a thorough clean are also good tasks to keep in mind before putting it away in the garage.
#7 – Bring out the cosy comforts
Curling up with a movie or good book is much nicer when the weather is foul outside, so why not “autumn-ise” your family room. Add some warm throws, or perhaps change the cushion covers. Having a set of autumn cushion covers in warmer colours like taupes, reds and oranges, or heavier wintery material can really make your room feel cosy and inviting.
#8 – Flowering plants
Just because the leaves are starting to change colour and falling off the trees, it doesn’t mean your garden needs to be void of colour. Head to your local flower market and pick up some seasonal flowering plants.
Either add them to your front entrance area in pots or if you feel really inspired, plant them around your garden beds. A bit of brightness when you arrive home will make you feel good even if the weather changes.
#9 – Warm up the beds
There’s nothing worse than feeling the cold when you are in bed and being too tired to get out of bed to find another blanket. So before that happens, pull out those heavier blankets, quilts and doonas from the cupboards and get them ready for the colder nights coming.
If you didn’t have them cleaned at the end of winter, make sure you either wash them yourself or take them to the laundry as the musty smell isn’t that pleasant. Why not add a warm-toned throw to the end of the bed, and perhaps some more throw cushions to make your bedrooms feel cosy and inviting.
You can do tasks all year round to keep your house in fantastic shape, and ideas like these are great for general maintenance. It helps you keep facades beautiful, and who knows, if you have your eye on renting out your home, these acts could entice more renters to come and check out your property.