As temperatures cool and the dog days of summer become a distant memory, it’s time to pull out your fall checklist. Spring isn’t the only ideal time for a home spruce up. Tackling some household chores before the days get shorter will ensure you’re ready for the cold days ahead and prevent some unwelcomed surprises next spring. While this can seem like a stressful undertaking, creating an autumn home makeover plan is easier than you think. DIY and design expert Martin Amado has made a career of helping people fall in love (and back in love) with their homes and he’s sharing his tips to help homeowners brave their own DIY fall updates and winter preparations.
Safety first: Did you know that three in five home fire deaths are the result of fires in homes without smoke alarms, or with no working smoke alarms? Often times this is due to missing alarm batteries from intentional device deactivation. Fire Prevention Month in October is the perfect time to take stock of your home’s safety by testing alarms to ensure that batteries and devices are functioning properly. Replace any alarms that are outdated and install new alarms in your home—which should be located on every level and in every bedroom of the home. The First Alert 10-Year Smoke Alarm (PRC710v) is a low-profile, combination photoelectric smoke and carbon monoxide alarm that features a sealed, 10-year battery that eliminates the need to replace the batteries for the life of the alarm and can be programmed to give voice alerts to indicate the type and location of detected threat.
Refresh: Give rooms a facelift by switching out the old carpeting. Opt for a hypoallergenic option to help you enjoy the comfort of the carpet, while not worrying about its allergens, microbes and odors. HOMEFresh, it’s the world’s first and only hypoallergenic and odor-neutralizing carpet. It is welcome news for anyone who suffers from asthma or allergies, or for people who want a cleaner home. It’s 100% hypoallergenic and mold and mildew resistant, so dust and allergens are vacuumed easier. Plus, a natural mineral is infused into the carpet’s fibers to help neutralize household odors from pets, smoking and cooking. Its exclusively sold at Empire Today.
Mind your peepers: Short and frigid days mean we’ll be spending a lot more time indoors. Switch to lightbulbs that are easy on the eyes because poor quality light can cause unnecessary eye strain. With Philips LEDs with a warm glow dimming effect, you can create the perfect ambiance without sacrificing the quality of your light and while enjoying the energy-savings of LEDs. The more you dim the bulbs, the warmer the light becomes, similar to the tones of incandescent light bulbs. They are also designed to meet specific quality criteria, so they are comfortable for your eyes as you dim from the highest setting to the lowest. Making simple décor improvements and taking better care of yourself is as easy as changing a light bulb.
Cozy corner: Keep your house cozy during the long, cold months ahead. Have a basket with comfy throws and blankets for those colder nights and curl up with a book or a movie. Also, to keep the kids entertained, the all-new Fire HD 8 Kids Edition gives kids freedom to explore, while giving parents peace of mind knowing that what their kids are viewing is age-appropriate. It is the latest version of Amazon’s best-selling kids tablet and comes with a kid-proof case, 2-year worry-free guarantee, and one-year subscription to FreeTime Unlimited, giving kids access to thousands of kid-friendly books, videos, educational apps, and games in both Spanish and English. Plus with FreeTime parental controls, parents can manage settings such as setting time limits, adjusting age filters, and more. All for $129.99