With fall and cooler weather around the corner, it’s the perfect time for home updates. With the holidays fast approaching, it can be difficult to know where to begin; but with a plan of action, fall updates can be easy and fruitful.
Check out these four helpful guidelines to kickstart your projects.
- Prioritize the Important
Start by focusing on the important renovations that will impact winter comfort. Pay attention to the critical tasks that offer high gain such as the roof, your home’s heating and cooling system and sump pump. Ensuring all of those are in good working order could prevent headaches later.
- Work on the Outside
The deck, patio and walkways may not be the first things that come to mind when you think about fall renovations, but now is the perfect time to check those repair items off your list.
Demand for outdoor construction and repair begins to taper off in the fall. Moving into the off-season, landscapers will frequently lower costs and offer quicker turnaround times. This may mean that your repair project will go more swiftly and efficiently.
- Improve Energy Efficiency
There are many things the average homeowner can do to improve a home’s energy efficiency and reduce energy use and save money.
One easy way is to assess the appliances. If you have an older refrigerator, washer or dryer, you may be wasting energy and dollars. The 2019 versions of these appliances are designed to be more energy efficient. If budget allows, consider replacing the outdated models.
Other options such as updating the water heater, installing energy-efficient heating and cooling systems or replacing leaking doors and windows are good ways to improve efficiency and may even be eligible for a federal tax credit.
- Don’t Ignore the Lighting
Fall is a great time to improve lighting. Ensuring your space has ample light sources is an easy and affordable way to beat seasonal doldrums. Two ways of adding light to a space are 1. Add more light sources with either single or multi-socket lights or 2. Use brighter bulbs. In general, adding more sources of light with dimmer bulbs is better than using fewer sources of light with bright bulbs, as bright bulbs may cause eye strain.
Two great examples of a multi-socket light are the Linea Lighting Caserti mid-century modern chandelier and the Linea Lighting Marabella Sputnik hanging light. One offers diffused lighting for a softer look and the other serves up exposed bulbs for direct and bright lighting.
When installing multiple pendant lights, a multi-socket chandelier, ceiling light or wall lamp, note the lumen count on the bulbs you purchase. The higher the lumen, the brighter the bulb. If this isn’t enough, consider installing additional track lighting, table lamps, or sconces.