Welcome to the HouseSavvy.com Blog

2017-10-02 11:26:59
5 “Must-Do” Projects for October

5 “Must-Do” Projects for October

If the calendar hasn’t convinced you of autumn’s arrival, the cooler temps and falling leaves no doubt have. It won’t be long before the thermostat will need to be inched up, and the lawn furniture will have to get cleaned, covered, and stored for the winter!

 

 

1.Seal and Insulate

While temperatures outside, you can still stay warm and keep your energy bills low with proper insulation. Attics are one of the biggest culprits when it comes to winter energy loss, so prep yours for winter by installing loose fill or batt insulation.

 

2.Redo the Mudroom

October means it's time to pull out the boots and jackets—but you'd better have a place to store your wet and muddy outdoor apparel. If you have a mudroom, update it with a fresh coat of paint or an added storage bench. If you don't have one, place a boot rack in the entryway and clean out the hall closet to make room for extra coats.

 

3. Fireplace Ready

Don't wait until it's so cold you're ready to start up the fire: You'll want to prepare your fireplace early for regular use. Check your chimney for chips or cracks, and make any necessary repairs. Inspect the door gaskets for a tight seal, then clean soot buildup or call in a professional chimney sweeper.

 

4.Winterize the Lawn

If you tend to your lawn now before it goes dormant for the winter, it will grow back better than ever come spring. Spread a thin layer of fertilizer—too much will burn the grass—and fill in thin patches with 'cool weather' grass seed. Also be sure to aerate your lawn to prevent thatch build up and keep air, moisture, and nutrients flowing to your lawn's roots.

 

5.Reverse Your Fans

You've probably heard that heat rises. That's why it's a good idea to change the direction of your ceiling fan so that it turns clockwise, thereby pushing hot air down and helping it circulate throughout the room. This is simple to do with newer models of ceiling fans, which usually have a switch to reverse the blade direction.

 

6.Clean Your Carpets

Carpeting can harbor a lot of dust, dirt, and even mold. As you seal up your house for winter, make sure you're retreating to a clean environment. Give your carpets and rugs a deep steam cleaning, or hire a professional to do so. If your carpets are beyond repair, you might want to replace them—or consider hardwood or vinyl floors.

 

 

7.Check for Peeling Paint

Inspect your home exterior for damage to the siding, foundation, and paint. Correct peeling paint before the cold and ice sets in. If you don't, those bare patches could be susceptible to water damage and cost you lots more in repairs down the line.

 

8.Install Smoke Detectors

October is Fire Safety Month, so take the time to educate yourself and your family about cold-weather fire risks. Install smoke detectors on each floor of your house, and test them monthly. Additionally, keep a few fire extinguishers throughout the house, especially in the kitchen and near the fireplace.

 

9.Clean Up Fall Leaves

There's more than one way to clean up fall leaves: Mulch them with your mower, use a lawn vacuum, or invest in ergonomic rakes or leaf scoops. As long as your trees are healthy, their fall leaves are great food for your compost pile. You can even add oak leaves in moderation, despite their acidic reputation.

 

10. Pick Out a Pumpkin

With Halloween on the horizon, pumpkins are everywhere—maybe even in your backyard garden. Whether you paint them, carve them, or leave them bare, they'll really welcome fall when placed on your doorstep. Power tool fans can get in on the fun with a Dremel pumpkin carving tool.

 

 

Photo:BobVila.com

 

Source: BobVila.com

 
Blog Archive
2018-09-05 12:39:02
How to make traditional Caldo de Pollo

2018-09-05 12:18:37
Autumn Leaf Candle Holder

2018-08-14 15:02:07
Back to School DIY Clipboard Charts

2018-08-14 13:10:13
National Back to School Month

2018-07-11 16:24:12
How to make Seashell Flower Pots

2018-07-11 15:45:33
Summer Watermelon Salad

2018-05-18 13:19:36
Top 5 Potato Salad Recipes

2018-04-23 10:33:59
Blueberry Peach Tart with Vanilla Glaze

2018-04-23 10:22:47
Fresh Peach Margarita

2018-04-23 10:12:17
CRISPY CORN AND BEER-BATTERED FISH TACOS

2018-04-18 10:37:27
Angel Hair Pasta with Shrimp and Greens

2018-04-17 16:13:59
Lemon-Blueberry Cheesecake Parfait

2018-04-17 15:26:10
HOW TO PLANT BEAUTIFUL SUCCULENT GARDENS IN 5 EASY STEPS

2018-04-17 15:08:06
Four-Way Slow Cooker Shredded Beef

2018-04-17 14:55:20
Homemade Cheese Bread: Two way recipe

2018-04-16 10:37:43
Green Chickpea & Chicken Curry with Swiss Chard

2018-04-16 10:21:57
Tom Kha Thai Soup

2018-04-13 13:17:24
How to Make a Mounted Driftwood Planter

2018-04-13 13:01:56
Peanut Butter Bars with Salted Chocolate Ganache

2018-04-13 12:33:18
Spicy Thai Basil Chicken

2018-04-13 10:45:46
Mediterranean Chicken

2018-04-12 15:35:03
Schaum Torte

2018-04-12 15:14:33
DIY Wine Bottle Bird Feeder

2018-04-12 13:31:43
Lemon Garlic Shrimp

2018-04-12 12:51:47
Lasagna alla Vodka

Click here to see ALL articles.


Comment on this Article

Your Name:
Your Email:
Comments:
Verify:  Please enter the numbers shown to help eliminate spam.