You are getting out of your short pants and getting into warmer clothes, so it is time to do the same with your living space. It’s time to protect and prepare your rental property for colder weather and cozier staying. Besides, the weather is only going to get colder, make sure it doesn’t reflect on your indoor comfort. If you are renting at the moment, here are some useful tips that can help you adjust your space and prepare yourself for months to come.
Check your Windows and Doors
You never knew that such a little crack can make such a huge difference in your heating bills. Don’t let it happen until it is too late. Always check seals on your windows and doors, especially in older buildings, and see whether they seal tightly. It is not unusual for the top part of the window to be a little bit lose, leaving the smallest gap for air to come in. You will also want to look at each frame for any obvious holes or just double-check for any damaged angles. Do not forget to go around the walls and to see if there are any stains from rains or your next-door neighbor.
The Period of Rain is About to Begin
Yes, it will be slippery, wet and cold. Umbrella will become the main feature of our bags and floors with puddles will become an everyday obstacle. So prepare yourself on time and find the perfect mats that will absorb water and protect you from falling. Small things like this will prevent you from bigger damages and help you enjoy fall season to its fullest.
Test your Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
The essential part of protecting the life of your heating and cooling system is testing them on time and making sure that everything works how it’s supposed to. Don’t be lazy and neglect the smallest damages that can affect your heating system, like all other mechanical equipment, they need attention from time to time. Check the filters, remove buildup on fans and protect the outside air conditioning unit. After all, we all like to come into the warm home.
Don’t Be Afraid to Play with Textures
Focus on your interior also. Putt some extra pillows, blankets and different kinds of details that will make your rental more personal. Invest in nice soft sheets, buy new books, replace old curtains with new ones and accommodate space to your needs. Prepare your living room by adjusting one corner to a reading nook, put your favorite music on and make the most of your home.
Make the Plan with Neighbors
After you saw the weather forecast it is obvious that this year you will also need to clean walkways, driveways, and porches of leaves and debris. Make the plan with your neighbors and make it more fun, arrange different days to clean the street and think of small activities that you can organize alongside, to make it more interesting. You will make new friends, spend more time outside, learn more about who is living next door and time will come by faster.
Make More Space in Your Closet
Rule number one – “If you didn’t use it in the last year, throw it away or give it to someone“. No, you don’t need it and yes, you are going to buy more stuff for this season. So don’t crowd your closet with things you want to wear, just be smart and get rid of old shoes so there is enough room for new things that you’ll buy. Also, store your summer stuff the right way, so you don’t lose time next summer. The time for fluffy jackets has come, so organize your wardrobe closet so everything can fit.
Most of these things can be taken care of in a relatively short period of time. On the surface, they may not seem critical for the property, but each can reflect your comfort in a different way. For the minimal expense, it takes to complete this fall maintenance checklist and to protect your rental space from unforeseen expenses. Thinking in advance will help you prevent your apartment from unexpected reparations, you from stress and waste of time and your pocket from dissipation.
Author Bio: Chloe Smith is a design enthusiast and a part-time writer always willing to share tidbits of advice. She believes that passion, courage and, above all, knowledge breed success. When she’s not working, she’s probably somewhere cuddled up with a good book, and a cup of lemongrass tea (or more honestly binge-watching the newest Netflix hit show).
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