It is time to “Pumpkin Spice” your Pittsburgh Home!

When I think of fall, I think of the leaves’ beautiful colors, the cozy comfort of a bonfire, flannel, and Pumpkin Spice everything!

This year more than ever, we look to our homes when the temperatures cool as a sanctuary of comfort and refuge. What can you do to bring the fall comfort feeling to your home?

You first want to be sure to prepare your home for the colder weather that will undoubtedly move into the Pittsburgh area before we know it. Check out this previous blog post on my website that provides you with a checklist of items that will need to be addressed outside of your home.


Have your furnace cleaned and checked to ensure it is working effectively to keep you safe and comfortable throughout the winter months. Furnace filters should be replaced and be sure to check them periodically to determine if they will need to be changed.

Smoke Detectors and CO Detectors

Be sure to have adequate smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors to meet or exceed your municipality requirements. Test your detectors and replace batteries to ensure their effectiveness. Also, consider creating a fire escape plan if you do not already have one.

Windows and Doors

Check your windows and doors for drafts. Caulking and weather stripping may need to be applied to prevent the cold air from entering the interior and decreasing your home’s warmth.


Reprogram your thermostat to reflect the needs of the winter heating season. You can lower temperatures while you are away from home and during sleeping hours. Program the heat to increase 30 minutes before your return or the time you wake up, and you will enjoy a cozy home. If you do not have a programable thermostat, you may want to have one installed.

Ceiling Fans

Now is the time to clean your ceiling fan blades and reverse their direction. In the winter months, your blades should be rotating clockwise to pull the warm air from the ceiling down to the room’s lower level for increased comfort.

Once you have prepared the outside of your home, turn your attention to the inside of your home. Here are some suggestions to consider indoors:

Don’t forget to bring that Pumpkin Spice scent in your home with essential oils, air fresheners, hand soaps, and candles. You can quickly boil water with pumpkin pie spice on the stove to permeate the scent throughout the home. But I think the best way is to bake a fall treat! Nothing evokes the comfortable feel to any home better than a fresh-baked pie, cookies, or sweet bread. I am sure your family and friends will be happy to partake in such yummy treats.

Deferring home maintenance is never a good idea. Items unveiled in many home inspections are due to deferred maintenance. Paying attention to the components of your home will prolong their useful life and save you money in the long run.

I am always happy to consult with homeowners to determine what home repairs and upgrades will increase value and spice up their home. Contact me by phone at 412-848-3907 or email at to schedule a free consultation to see how we can work together to meet your goals.