It’s officially Fall. A happy home requires maintenance both inside and outside of your home. To ensure your home runs smoothly throughout the Fall and early Winter seaon, here are my top Fall Home Maintenance Tips!
1. Clean Up the Backyard
Fall is a great time to pack up and put away your outside summer essentials like patio furniture, closing your swimming pool, disconnecting your hose, and covering up your BBQ if you don’t use it in the winter.
Putting away and covering your outdoor furniture will extend the life of the product and prevent any critters from making their winter home on your new outdoor sofa.
When you disconnect your hose, turn off the water and empty the pipes to prevent them from freezing and cracking over the winter months.
2. Clean Out Gutters & Downspouts
Once you believe most of the leaves have fallen, clear out the gutters and downspouts. Clear gutters and downspouts will allow water to drain freely, rather than spill over the sides and find its way into your foundation or freeze and damage the gutters and cause unsafe icicles to form over the winter.
Be sure to inspect downspouts for leaks, and direct them away from the foundation of your home.
3. Prep for Snow!
There’s no worse time to venture out to the local hardware store for salt and a new snow shovel than after a snowfall. Take the time this Fall to stock up on some bags of salt, replace that snow shovel, fuel up your snow blower (or buy one!) and dig out your ice scraper from the deep depths of your trunk.
4. Schedule a Check Up for your Home Heating System and Chimney
The best way to prevent your furnace from conking out on you this winter is to get your furnace inspected to make sure it’s running as it should and schedule any repairs it may need before winter. If you have a wood burning fireplace, have it inspected, cleaned and repaired to prevent chimney fires and potential carbon monoxide poisoning.
5. Make Exterior Repairs
6. Weather Proofing
Drafty windows and doors are not only uncomfortable in the home, they also do a real number on your electric bill. Check your windows and doors inside and out for leaks and drafts. Caulk cracks or install weather stripping around windows and doors to help ensure a warm, cozy and efficient home.
7. Trim Trees and Shrubs
If you have trees on your property, prune them properly to avoid falling limbs in winter storms. If you’re unsure how to care for your trees and shrubs, consider hiring an arborist to care for them — these pros can spot signs of poor health early on to prevent tree loss.
8. Replace Smoke & Carbone Monoxide Detectors
Once a year it’s important to test, replace and/or repair smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace batteries and have a couple spares on hand if needed. If you have a fire extinguisher check the expiration date. Don’t have a fire extinguisher? Well, make a stop and pick one up. Have one for each level of your home.
What Fall maintenance do you do in your home?