It’s hard to believe fall is right around the corner! Where did summer go? Once school starts it’s a great time to get your home de-summerized, (is that a word? Well, it is now!) ready for chillier nights and the turning of the seasons with some fall home maintenance projects.
If your house is anything like mine, we tend to spend more time outside and inside, so your home’s interior may need a little TLC and re-organizing. We’ll start there, then watch for Part 2 next week, when we tackle the exterior.
Fall Home Maintenance Projects: The Basics
Keeping your home running in tip-top shape requires a few regular maintenance tasks to keep the things you count on running well.
- Test your smoke detector batteries – the recommendation from home safety experts is to change them twice a year. However, this if your detector has lithium ion batteries, that may not be necessary. So, test them in every room, and replace if you need to. Amazon sells a battery tester for less than $7.00. Better safe than sorry!
- Change your furnace filter – when was the last time you did changed it? When you get the right kind of filter for your furnace, it increases it’s efficiency and saves you money on your heating and cooling bills. Here’s a quick tutorial on how to find out what kind you need: Determining Furnace Filter Sizes.
- Drain hot water heaters – One of the things that can shorten the life of your hot water heater is the sediment that settles into the bottom. Draining it can extend the life of your water heater and save you money. Check out this video tutorial: How to Drain Your Hot Water Heater.
- Schedule a carpet cleaning – If you have wiggle room in your budget to hire a professional carpet cleaner, it’s a great way to really get your carpets spotless. If your budget is a little tighter, like ours, it’s easy to rent a carpet cleaner from Home Depot. It’s more labor-intensive for you, but the rentals do a great job of getting your carpets freshened up for less.
- Wash Your Windows – While the outside of your windows need cleaning, so do the inside. If you notice a cloudiness to your inside windows, try a microfiber cloth – they tend to be lint-free, so you don’t end up with lint fibers all over your windows. If your windows are particularly dirty, a hack that I’ve used to get them sparkling is to use a little dishwasher rinse aid mixed with water after the initial cleaning. Hey – works on your dishes, right? And while you’re cleaning your windows, take the opportunity to clean your window treatments as well.
Need professional help for your interior home projects? We have resources for you right here.
And that’s just the INSIDE
Stick around for our fall home maintenance projects that will help you tackle the OUTSIDE of your house and get it ready for the coming fall and winter months. Here’s a hint: got a ladder?