Fall in the Pacific Northwest is stunning. The leaves are already starting to change, the mornings are crisper, and the sun is starting to set earlier. Autumn is the perfect time to cross off some things on your home maintenance checklist, that may seem small but can make a big difference in the long run. Here are some important things you can do to get your home ready for the change of season.
#1: Get the gutters prepped.
Autumn in the Northwest brings a fair share of rain, so that means your gutters are going to need to kick into overtime soon. Your roof will drain thousands of gallons of water from the exterior over its lifetime, and in order to keep that process flowing, your gutters need to be cleaned out regularly. Clogged gutters not only disrupt the flow of water, but they could also lead to damage on your foundation or leakage in your basement. Before the rainy season starts and leaves start falling, be sure to get your gutters cleaned, either by doing it yourself or by hiring a professional gutter cleaning service.
#2: Get leaks sealed.
If you have leaky windows or doors, be sure to seal them with proper caulking before cold, windy days settle in. Weather stripping is an easy and cost-efficient way to reduce your heating and cooling costs, all year long because they can reduce drafts and keep warm air inside where it should be on those chilly fall days. If you have already sealed the areas around your windows and doors and you are still noticing drafts because your windows and doors are old and inefficient, it may be time to consider replacing those items in your home. New windows and doors will not only be energy efficient and reduce noise, but they will also add value and curb appeal to your home should you choose to sell it later down the road.
#3: Review safety procedures.
It’s a great idea to check safety products around your home as well as review safety procedures you have in place. Replace batteries in carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, be sure you have fire extinguishers on each level of your home, and then review your fire escape plan to ensure that you have an exit path should a fire occur in your home. Be sure that your windows aren’t blocked with furniture and have rope ladders available in rooms that are on the upper level.
Part of being a homeowner means staying on top of home maintenance to-dos. Keeping your home maintained well will keep it in great working order no matter what kind of weather happens outside during this year’s fall season. Ready to start your adventure in home buying or are you ready to sell your home this fall? I’ve been helping customers of all kinds for more than two decades. As a Realtor®, I can help you start the buying or selling process and can provide tips along the way. I love working with people around Clark County and am glad to help you with the information you need.
Next up in our series of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects: patio decorating. The weather is gorgeous right now and it’s the perfect time to sit outside after a long day and enjoy your patio space. Looking for some great ways to decorate your patio without spending a lot? Here are three simple ideas for creating a tranquil patio environment on a budget.
Shop around for used pieces:
There are a variety of unique used pieces out there if you look hard enough. Check around estate sales, flea markets, or other sales that are known to have one of a kind furniture and décor. For example, there are often oak barrels used for wine that have been repurposed into fantastic chairs or tables. This is the perfect touch for a vineyard-style garden or patio area. Or, look for beautiful restored or handmade picnic tables – they are gorgeous additions to any outdoor space and can be surprisingly affordable.
Summer evenings mean spending more time outside. As the night gets dark, it’s appealing to sit outside and enjoy the warm summer air. The setting sun won’t put a damper on any of your patio activities if you add the right lights. Add ground lighting around the patio area or use some creativity and hang string light bulbs around the area.
Focus on creating a gathering space:
One of the best parts about having a patio space is the ability it has to draw people together. Making your patio space a place of comfort means that people will naturally feel drawn to it and will want to hang out there. For example, wicker chairs can be found for very affordable prices at stores around town and they’re comfortable enough to invite guests to sit in for hours at a time for a fun dinner party. Add soft pillows and throw blankets (perfect for when the night air gets a bit brisk) to the chairs, then find some unique vases that you can use to put flowers in for table decoration. Add a rustic serving tray to serve desserts or drinks on and before you know it, you have a table set for a wonderful and comfortable evening of entertainment outside.
No matter how big or small your patio space is, if you try hard enough, it can live up to its lovely potential, making it a great memory making spot for years to come.
Do you spend a lot of time in your kitchen? It’s likely that your kitchen is one of the rooms in your home that you spend the most time in – especially if you love baking or cooking! The kitchen is a central gathering point in the home, whether it’s with family or special guests. It should feel as spacious, comfortable, and cozy as possible. Making your kitchen warm and inviting is a must-have! If you’re considering a kitchen remodel or if you’re house shopping and curious about what the kitchen trends are in new homes, we’ve outlined what some of the fantastic trends are here.
Color and style that matches: Using colors and styles that coordinate with the rest of the kitchen space, and even tie into the rest of the home is important. For example, if you like darker cabinet colors, brighten it up a bit with some lighter coordinating countertops. Or, if you’re considering a remodel and you have a lot of vintage or antique décor in the rest of your home, you shouldn’t remodel your kitchen to be super modern and contemporary. Instead, look at design styles that are more classic that flow with the rest of your home. Consider what colors or décor will help you easily blend your kitchen style into the other parts of the house.
Bright, bright, bright: One trend that will likely continue is light and bright kitchen spaces. Light cabinets with a lot of surrounding bright lighting are definitely must-haves for many home buyers today, as well as those that are looking to redesign the kitchen area. Using light colors make the space feel more spacious, and it also gives it that crisp, clean look that many people desire.
Light paint: Light cabinetry with bright, bold colors is another trend that is common in kitchens these days. If you enjoy the look of white cabinetry, consider adding a bold or bright color to the surrounding walls like red or orange. This is a fantastic way to accept the space and make it notable.
Open space: Open concept kitchens are very desirable for homebuyers today. When shopping for a home, consider how long you plan on living there. If you plan on living there for years to come, even into the retirement years look at homes that you can grow into and space that is easily accessible when you’re older.
These trends go for big and small kitchens alike. No matter what your style preferences, homes that offer open spaces are usually most desirable, especially for those that entertain a lot and enjoy roomy cooking and dining areas. Kitchens are one of the most important parts of the home and are one of the biggest returns on investment if you choose to remodel, so be sure that you love the space and can envision yourself in it.