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Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall: 20 Ways to Prep Your Home for Everyone’s Favourite Season

Summer is too hot. Spring is too rainy. And winter, don’t get us started! But fall, everyone loves fall. A season of perfect temperatures and picturesque views of warm yellows, reds, and oranges seems to go by too quick. Make the most of this adored time by getting your home ready for fall with these helpful tips.

Say Goodbye to Summer

Don’t worry, summer will be back! Embrace fall by giving summer a proper farewell in your home.

1. Put your summer clothes and shoes away – Swapping your sundresses for cozy flannels is sure to put you in the mood for fall.

2. Pack up summer toys – It’s time to store kiddy pools, lawn games, and beach toys until next summer.

3. Protect patio furniture – Protect your patio furniture for next summer by first cleaning them to remove any dirt and debris. Then store in a well-sealed shed or basement, or purchase covers to keep them protected outdoors. Always store cushions inside.

4. Take advantage of a fall heat wave – If you’re lucky enough to get a fall heat wave, try and soak up a few more days in the sun while you still can. A family picnic, visit to a splash pad, or dip in the pool is a great way to wish summer a farewell!

family having picnic outside in the fall

Fall Home Maintenance

Not the most glamorous thing to do, but it’s important to keep your home in tip-top shape as we move into harsher weather.

5. Adjust your thermostat – Reprogram your thermostat to match the cooling temperatures outside. Now that the evenings are cooler, choose to open your windows at night rather than running the AC. Your hydro bill will thank you.

6. Drain your exterior water lines – This is an important home maintenance step to do every fall. No one wants frozen pipes that can lead to time-consuming, expensive damage.

7. Change your furnace filter – In most homes, it is recommended you change your furnace filter at least every 6 months. A clean furnace filter extends the life of your furnace by allowing it to run with greater ease and energy efficiency.

8. Landscaping – Rake leaves on a regular basis to keep your landscaping looking fresh. It’s important to remove all leaves before the snow flies. 

fall leaves with rake

Add Fall Décor 

Swap your summer palette of bright colours for warm, richer tones of amber, butterscotch, garnet, mustard, and umber.

9. Buy fall scented candles and hand soap – Think earthy scents like pine, sage and amber. Or if you prefer something on the sweet side, lean towards apple, maple, pumpkin and caramel.

10. Hang a fall wreath on your door – We recommend choosing fall colours rather than a Halloween wreath to get more time out of your purchase, especially if you’re selling your home this fall. Here are some tips for selling your home over Halloween.

11. Add some heavyweight throws – Nothing says fall like cozying up under a warm blanket as the days get shorter. Store throws rolled up in a stylish basket for a more polished look.

12. Use pumpkins and gourds as décor – There are a variety of options here. Mini pumpkins and gourds make for great tabletop décor, while larger pumpkins are ideal around the fireplace or at your front door.

Make Autumnal Plans

Even as the weather gets cooler and the days shorter, it is important to get out of the house and enjoy the season.

13. Visit a pumpkin patch – This is the perfect family outing for all ages. While you’re there, select gourds for your Thanksgiving feast and pick a pumpkin for carving at Halloween.

14. Pick apples at the orchard – Strategically time your visit with Thanksgiving to use local apples in your Thanksgiving feast.

15. Hike amongst the fall leaves – The cool, crisp air that fall brings is perfect for hiking surrounded by the beautiful, changing foliage. 

16. Go to a fall festival – Find a local fall festival and enjoy a day of wagon riding, eating candy apples, and exploring a corn maze. 

father and son in forest hiking in fall

Prepare for Christmas

It’s never too early to prepare for this cherished, but busy holiday!

17. Clean out your pantry – Prep your pantry for holiday baking. While you are at it, make a grocery list of items you’ll need to buy.

18. Clear space for presents (and make your shopping list too!) – Make room in an out-of-the-way space to store presents until you are ready to wrap. Closets, under the bed storage, or tote bins are great spaces to store gifts. While you’re at it, start your shopping list to get ahead of the Christmas rush.

19. Deep clean your house – It’s never a bad idea to deep clean your home prior to Christmas season, especially when you’re the one hosting! Once Christmas rolls around, you’ll be sitting pretty just having to do touch-ups here and there.

20. Get rid of excess stuff – Christmas is a time of gift-giving and receiving, which means new items will be coming into your home very shortly. Rather than adding to the clutter, make room by recycling, donating, or trashing items that now longer serve you well. 

Couple organizing items into donation and recycle boxes