Fast home fixes ensure your fall is as easy as (pumpkin) pie. You can dive into sweater season prepared and relaxed, and honestly, without even lifting a finger if you don’t want to — all with the help of Thumbtack.
Keep Cozy with a Working Heater
Fall is no fun when you’re freezing. Beat the cold weather blues by having a maintenance check performed on your heating system. A heating technician will make sure your operating system is on the up-and-up and let you know if more work is needed. They will also change out old filters that may have trapped dust, mites, pollen, and other allergens.
Splash Some Fall on the Wall
Nothing wrong with a cheesy title to celebrate new paint in honor of the fall season. If your house is looking a little ho-hum, breathe new style into your life by painting an accent wall or touching up the hallways. Not sure what colors to try? HGTV says cobalt blue and emerald, plum and black, or peach and grey are modern takes on classic fall tones.
Brighten Your Space with Clean Windows
Clean windows do wonders to make your house look brighter and cheerier. Book a pro and your home or apartment will be brighter and warmer in no time.
Book a Pet Sitter
If you’re traveling for the holidays, it’s best to plan ahead! Pet care services can cover everything from boarding, giving medication, walking, and socializing with other animals. Just get your preferred pro lined up before holiday season.
Hire a Decorator
If you’re ready for decor change but frozen with indecision and your inspo Pinterest board is teeming with thousands of non-thematic pins, you need professional help. Home decorators aren’t strictly for the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, in fact, the average cost of a Thumbtack interior decorator is only $50/hour. What are you waiting for? It’s time to kick that beige monotone to the curb.
Plan for Holiday Photos
This is the year you send out holiday cards on time! The secret to your success? Having professional photos taken at Thanksgiving when the family is all together. You’ll look good, the pictures will look good, and Thanksgiving dinner will be so good it will inspire you to write up your cute quips and mail that dang letter out by mid-December.
Host a Fall Party
Football parties, Halloween bashes, harvest hoe-downs, friends giving festivities—fall is officially party season. It’s the perfect time to celebrate the people you love, what with the weather bringing everyone indoors and the occasion to wear your snazzy new sweaters. Need ideas for your fall party? Get up-to-date on the hottest fall party trends of 2016.
Schedule Cleaners Before and After Parties
Planning a party is where it’s at. Cleaning up before and afterwards? Not nearly as fabulous. Conserve your epic party energies for the actual event, and call on a Thumbtack pro to handle the dirty work when it comes to house cleaning. You’ll have more fun, your house will look better, and your guests will never know it wasn’t all you.
Update Exterior Light Fixtures
Transform the mundane to the marvelous with a quick switch of old light fixtures. Swap out outdated glass sconces for modern industrial brushed metal cages. Ditch dingy lanterns for a contemporary column look. Take advantage of the turnover and install motion sensors while you’re at it to ensure your family’s safety as the nights grow longer.
New Front Door Paint
A new coat of paint brightens up your entire home. It boosts your curb appeal (you’re welcome trick or treaters!), protects wood doors from termites, and gives the illusion that the entire house had a makeover. Make sure to clean, prime, and prep the door and surrounding areas before diving in with the paint brush. Or get a pro to make it perfect.
Clean Out the Gutters
Nothing says fall like mad rain storms and stopped up gutters. Unfortunately, clogged gutters lead to leaks, rotting wood, termites, and soil erosion due to improper drainage. A quick cleaning of the gutters will save you a world of hurt when the next rainy days come. DIY unless you have a precarious roof or find you need some repair work while you’re up there.
Save on energy bills, keep the house free of chilly winds, and prevent creepy crawlies (like termites) from coming in with just a little caulk. This flexible material dries clear and seals cracks, gaps, and tiny places where unwanted things can come and go. Look for spaces around window frames, doors, and plumbing. Look also in your attic and basement to see where your energy might be being flushed out. Energy.gov says the best time to caulk is when outdoor temperatures are above 45° and humidity is low.
Easy as pumpkin pie! 12 simple projects ranging from the practical to the party-oriented to have your home ready for fall.