Prepping your home for the colder months ahead

Can somebody please tell me what just happened?

How did we slide from summer into almost winter? I am waking up to a freezing cold morning instead of a crisp, colourful fall day and I am here to announce that I am NOT happy!

Hopefully the last few weeks of September will bring us the pumpkin-y spiced days we crave which allow us to wear our cute sweaters and scarves and will encourage us to live outside as much as possible while we soak up these last few rays of sun.

There is always a bit of action around the home for preparing for fall; garden hoses need to be put away and the lawn needs that final raking.

People scramble to put a coat of paint on outside items before the cold sets in and leaf clean up seems endless. It is a very good time to clean out window tracks and clean screens while you can still leave windows open during the daytime.

Carpet or upholstery cleaning is recommended as the air is still warm and dry enough to allow the fabrics to recover. Cleaning carpets in the fall is a good way to improve air quality as you head into the months of closed windows.

As we prepare for more inside time, the creatures around us also start to be more interested in coming inside where it is warm.

You may find a mouse or two, spiders or domesticated pets are invading your space more that ever at this time of year. We have been dealing with a skunk who likes to hang out on our deck and snack on the dog food at night so we have had to be more diligent in not leaving treats out for the little stinker.

It is a good idea to check access points to your home such as basement window seals, dryer vents and weather stripping on doors.

Ensuring that these areas are tightly sealed will prevent many unwanted creatures from entering your home and will keep you from having to catch or squish the offending visitors. Store bought repellents and natural essential oils placed at opening points will discourage those critters from coming near your home but stick with natural products if you have pets around.

Trimming perennial plants and raking leaves away will give nasty or furry friends less places to hide and will give you an easier clean-up in the spring.

The maintenance and care you take now means that nothing damaged or compromised has to sit over a freezing, wet winter and you can be safe and snug in your home knowing that is it secure and clean inside and that you haven’t brought anything unmentionable inside to live with you all winter!

Wrap yourself in cozy this winter and prep your home sweet home so you are able to enjoy a stress and maintenance-free winter. When it is cold outside and you are safe in your home knowing that your air quality is sweet and that you have no mysterious mice lurking in basement and no suspicious spiders hanging in corners you can relax and enjoy time with your family. Happy fall everyone, whether you like it or not!

Kim Wyse is a local freelance designer. Find her on facebook at ‘Ask a Realtor/Ask a Designer’.

Just Posted

City council responding to social and safety issues

Mayor Tara Veer releases statement on City’s ongoing social and safety challenges

Wolf Creek Schools raises Treaty 6 flag for first time

Chiefs, school officials took part in a ceremony that is aimed at acknowledging Treaty 6 land

On the run with Melissa Ray

Red Deer runner talks about her intense running experiences

Bradley Williams takes over as Westerner Park Interim CEO

CFR expected to go on as scheduled with no disruption

Local filmmaker works on documentary featuring women farmers

Red Deer woman receives $50,000 grant from STORYHIVE to produce documentary

Fashion Fridays: Rock some animal print

Kim XO, lets you in on the latest fall fashion trends on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Legal society poster seeks complainants against two cops on Downtown Eastside

Pivot Legal Society became aware of allegations made against the officers after a video circulated

Jury to deliberate in case of Calgary man accused of murdering woman

Curtis Healy could be convicted of first-degree murder, second-degree murder or manslaughter

Liberals want to know what Canadians think of legalized weed

The federal government will comb social media for Canadians’ pot-related behaviour

Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen boasts of aiding Mueller investigation

Cohen could provide information on whether Trump’s campaign co-ordinated with Russians

Landslide forces evacuations of Philippine villages

More than 1,200 people in villages near the landslide-hit area were forcibly moved by authorities

Students asked about the positive effects of residential schools

Alberta’s education minister apologized after hearing about the online social studies course

Feds launching review of oil tanker traffic in bid to renew pipeline approval

The feds have ordered the National Energy Board to bring recommendations on whether pipeline expansion should proceed

Update: Search called off for missing plane between Edmonton and Chilliwack

Search efforts were concentrated along the Highway 5 corridor between Valemount and Kamloops

Most Read