I find it so interesting how the seasons affect me. Each spring, I’m excited to spruce up the outside of my home. During the summer, I want to enjoy the work I put into my yard and garden, and by the time fall rolls in, I’m motivated to tackle projects around the house.
The cool, fall weather tends to keep me inside more, which makes me realize all the home improvement projects I’d like to complete. If you experience the same thing, let’s chat about some of the best improvements you can make to your home this fall.
Winter can feel a bit bleak, especially if you’re indoors most of the season, so add some life to the inside of your house before the winter blues set in. Break out your paint brushes and change a wall color or paint your trim. Neutral color combos, such as gray for your walls and white for your trim, will allow you to change things (like your curtains or wall décor) as often as you’d like without having to repaint.
You can also paint your front door. Fall is the perfect time to do this project because it needs to be done when the weather isn’t too hot or cold. Hang a fall wreath on your freshly painted door and you’ll be delighted every time you come home!
If you don’t already have some, find some cheap planters, fill them with fall flowers, and arrange them around your front door. Some flowers that do well in the fall are chrysanthemums, pansies, and celosias (these are my favorite annual flower!).
You can also find hay bales and corn stalks on the cheap at places like Farm and Fleet, which make adorable porch decorations. This is an easy way to spruce up the appearance of your house, and get you in the Pumpkin Spice Latte mood.
Learn from me, and make sure your apartment or house has proper weatherstripping. This is an easy project that you can do yourself, and it’s relatively inexpensive too. You’ll be thankful you prevented drafts coming through your doors and windows when the temperature drops below freezing this winter.
Replacing major appliance like your furnace can seem daunting, but there are ways to reduce the cost (such as rebates for buying an energy efficient furnace or recycling your old one). Plus, making your appliances more reliable and efficient is an investment that will save you money in the long run.
If you’ve tried replacing weatherstripping and your windows are still drafty, start saving for this project. If you won’t have enough saved up to replace all of them, consider replacing the windows in your most used rooms. You can also apply for a home improvement loan to help you complete this valuable project.
Spring has the reputation for being the best season to get stuff done, but in terms of motivating seasons, fall might just be the most underrated one. The weather is cooler so you won’t feel like you’re dying while pulling weeds or painting, and there are projects that you can do now that will make the winter much more comfortable for you.
Another perk of completing home improvement projects in the fall is that contractors typically have fewer projects once summer is over, so they’re more readily available to help you complete projects if DIY isn’t your thing.
Embrace the motivating nature of fall this year, and start tackling the projects you’ve been putting off, like cleaning out your gutters, adding a tile backsplash in your kitchen, or installing shelving units in your garage. Open your new, energy efficient windows, sip your Pumpkin Spice Latte, and make your home just as awesome as you.
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