Fall in Upstate New York is an exciting time of year, and it’s also a great time to get your home ready for the cooler temperatures ahead. If you’re an apartment renter, don’t worry – there are plenty of things you can do to prepare your home without having to make any permanent changes. Here are some tips to get you started:
Start By Deep Cleaning Your Living Space
Sprucing up your space with a thorough cleaning will help you get rid of any dust and dirt that accumulates over the spring and summer. It will also give you a chance to declutter and throw away or donate anything you no longer need.
Once you’ve cleaned and decluttered, take some time to rearrange your furniture. You can move specific pieces into new positions as well as swap out some fabrics like blankets and curtains for warmer ones. This will give your home a whole new feel for the fall season!
Clean or Replace Your Air Filters
Your apartment’s air filters work hard to keep dust, pollen, and other allergens out of the air. Over time, they can get clogged up and stop working as effectively. If you notice more dust accumulating on surfaces or if you find the airflow seems weaker than usual, these could be two major signs that the filter needs replacing.
If you have a window air conditioning unit in your apartment, this could be easily done by either purchasing replacement filters or cleaning a reusable one and placing it back in its place.
Check Your Windows and Doors
Drafty windows and doors can not only make your home feel colder, but they can also increase your energy bills. To help prevent this, start by checking for any cracks or gaps around the window or door frame. These spaces can allow drafts to enter your home, placing a greater strain on the heating system when working to keep your home at a desirable temperature.
You should also take a look at the weatherstripping around your doors and windows. If it’s old, peeling, or otherwise not in good condition, it will need to be replaced. Call your apartment’s maintenance team and schedule a service date.
Check Your Faucets for Leaks
While you’re inspecting your windows and doors, take a few minutes to also check your faucets and pipes for leaks. A drip from a leaking faucet can result in up to three wasted gallons of water per day.
A dripping faucet or one with a weak water flow can also indicate a possible leak in the piping. During the winter, leaks can often lead to freezes that can result in extensive repairs. It is best to have any plumbing issues remedied before the temperatures drop so that you can enjoy comfortable cooler months ahead.
Swap Your Summer Clothes for Fall Ones
As the weather grows colder, say goodbye to your summer clothes and hello to your fall wardrobe. For extra-storage hacks, try using vacuum-sealed bags to store your summer clothes in your closet or under a bed until next year to save space and keep your clothes fresh and wrinkle-free.
You can also swap out your lighter summer sheets for heavier ones. As with clothing, these can be placed in vacuum-sealed bags to save space and keep them protected until the winter has passed.
Update Your Apartment’s Decor
One of the most exciting aspects of fall is being able to decorate your home with all sorts of cozy and festive items. You can start by adding a few new throw pillows or a blanket to your couch. You can also put up some new artwork or photos on your walls.
Earthy tones are popular during the autumn. Colors like olive greens, golden yellows, and burnt orange help create a warmer atmosphere and complement many other decorative motifs like pumpkins, leaves, and acorns.
Enjoy Fall Apartment Living in Beautiful Downtown Saratoga
Saratoga Market Center brings everything you love most about our beautiful city of Saratoga Springs into a single luxury apartment community. With spacious, roommate-friendly apartments with plenty of storage and leisure space, your apartment’s incredible fall decor will only be limited by your imagination!