The temperature is dropping and the leaves are starting to change colors. This could mean only one thing… Fall is here! This is a time for pumpkin carving, apple picking and preparing your home for the weather to come.
Now is a great time to do some seasonal maintenance to your home to keep it running smoothly as we transition to fall and winter. We’ve gathered our most important tips to prep your home for the next season.
1) Check for Drafts
Start by feeling for drafts around the edge of your windows and doors. Something we recommend is to light a candle and if the flame flickers, then you know there is most likely a draft. You can fix these drafts by replacing seals and repairing caulking around the windows and door frames.
2) Clean the Gutters
You can hire a service to do this for you or you can do it yourself. Remember to remove any nests, leaves and debris from the gutters. After clearing it out, make sure you check for any leaks.
3) Check Smoke Detectors
Look at your batteries in your smoke detector to see if they need replaced. Also, make sure you’re checking the carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home. Once you’ve replaced the batteries, test the devices out to ensure they are working properly.
4) Have Your Furnace Inspected
You will need to hire a HVAC professional for this. They will check for leaks, heat efficiency and replace the filter. Another great thing they can do is to check carbon monoxide air levels to ensure safe air quality. Our tip here is to stock up on air filters and change them regularly.
5) Check Water Drainage
Downspouts from rainwater need to be clear of anything that could potentially block the area. Make sure your downspouts are directing water away from any foundations, walkways and driveways.
6) Fertilize Your Lawn
Using a fertilizer on your lawn will help prevent any winter damage and weeds from spring. Check with a local garden center or online to see which type would be best for your lawn and when to apply it.
7) Organize the Garage/Shed
Now that summer is over, the garage or shed could probably use some cleaning up. Maybe this is the year you install some shelving and add hooks to keep all appliances organized. While you’re there, why not get out the fall decorations?
8) Do a Roof Check
This is an important to-do for fall. You should do a visible inspection from the ground and get a closer look at what’s going on. If able, get up there for a better view. Some things to specifically look for are missing, loose or damaged shingles. You might need to remove some leaves and debris to get the best look.
9) Turn off Faucets
With temperatures dropping, make sure you are draining your garden hoses and disconnecting them. Store them in a dry place so any residual water doesn’t freeze up.
10) Check Your Windows and Doors
Removing the screens from your windows and doors may be a tedious task, but it’s an important one. Check the caulk and seals around your doors and windows while you’re doing this to take care of two steps at once.
As we are all enjoying the start of fall, make sure that your home is covered for the chilly weather. Doing this maintenance now may seem boring, but can save you money on things like emergency repairs and wasted energy bills. Maintaining your home only helps it to enhance the value and appeal. When fall and winter come in full-swing, you’ll be ready.
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