Get the inside of your home ready for fall
There is something so peaceful and calming about the changing of seasons. Whether this means a new start or something different, we enjoy it! We are waving goodbye to summer fun in the sun and welcoming fall activities and adventures! A pumpkin patch, haunted house, Halloween and more all await for us!
First things first, get your home ready for this seasonal change. You want to get the exterior of your home situated before you start on the inside. Start with the pavement, then clean the patio and outside furniture before it goes into storage.
Now, it’s time to prepare the inside of your home for fall time!
You’ll want to prepare your furnace! The Midwest and surrounding areas get freezing, cold. You want to make sure to change your filter every month and check to see your furnace is working properly. Next step, turn your furnace on before it gets cold! You don’t want to be sleeping in three pairs of pajamas, using four comforters and wearing gloves around the house because the furnace died without you realizing it!
When you turn your furnace on for the first time this fall or winter, understand that odor shouldn’t be occuring! This mean your furnace could need maintenance work and can put your entire household in danger. The smells to recognize are:
- Rotten egg odor: there could be a gas leak!
- Overheating smell: the motor function or electrical functions are too hot
- Burning smell: this is from dust finally moving around
- A musty or moldy smell: this is moisture build-up
The average cost of heating a home is over 2,200 square feet is over $1,000 a year! This is different for every size home, but when you are spending so much money on heating annually, you want to keep all the warm air inside! It’s cold outside for a reason. The best thing to do when you build your own home is to purchase Energy Star windows, doors and skylights!
They may seem like a bigger investment in the beginning, but in the long run you’ll save more money! When you install Energy Star windows, doors and skylights puts an end to cold drafts from that window and underneath the door. It helps lower the heating bill for small and large homes. Finally, keep your items inside your home safe from damage to floors, carpet and furniture getting ruined from UV rays.
A single- pane window can save a home over $366 dollars from the fall chills!
The perfect addition to your home
While you’re in the process of building your own home, expand the entrance of your home or add a small area before your kitchen called a mudroom! The benefits of a mudroom is storage, organization and a place for dirty shoes and coats. This keeps all the fall leaves, mud and outside equipment all in one central location that is easy to clean and organize.
On the other side of a mudroom addition, it helps with resale value. This is a growing trend in the housing market. The mudroom is a place for “drop-n-go,” options for families, a laundry room and an all-in-one storage area.
The best part-decor!
The final, and arguably, the best part about the seasonal changes is the fall decor! This allows for anyone who has been building their own home to add their personal touches and seasonal decor galore! Grab some pumpkins, fall-scented candles, fuzzy plaid blankets and bring out the flannel.
Finally, the exterior and interior of your home is ready for that seasonal change! Not only will your home withstand the cold, your design will be on point.
Homestead Homes has been helping people design and build their dream home since 1995. We are currently building in the following states: Colorado, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Missiouri, Wisconsin and Iowa! Contact us for information.