Fall brings more than just changing leaves and shorter days. In many areas, it also comes with a shift in weather conditions that can have a serious impact on your home. And, don’t forget, winter is right around the corner, too. This is the time to do some routine maintenance to get things in shape for the months ahead. Preventative maintenance can save you money in the long run. Here are some things that you should consider checking off your home maintenance checklist this Fall.
Outdoor Fall Maintenance
It is important to keep a regular check on the outdoor features of your home after each passing season to be sure that any potential problems aren’t worsening or going unnoticed.
- Check your roof and gutters – Make sure that your roof and gutters are free of debris and double check for any signs of damage/wear that would need attention. Fall is no time for a leaky roof!
- Pest control – Rodents and other animals might be looking for warm places to hide out once the temperatures start to cool off, and you certainly don’t want your home or garage to serve as one of their hiding places. Watch for termites, roaches (eek!) and other insects as well. In fact, your best bet is to call a professional and have them check your home and its surroundings just to be safe. Once pest control becomes a problem, it can be hard to control.
- Get hoses ready for the cold – If the weather starts to turn exceptionally frigid, be sure to drain water from outdoor hoses, faucets and irrigation systems to keep them from freezing up.
- Check the crawlspace, basement and attic – Don’t forget about these spaces that you hardly ever venture to. Any damage or wear to these areas can have a negative effect on the rest of the house.
- Check for leaks – Give your water heater a quick exam and don’t forget your water main/meter or well pump. Nobody likes a cold shower, regardless what time of year it is!
- Do some fall cleaning – Who says that only spring is for deep cleaning? And let’s be honest, did you even do any spring cleaning? That’s what I thought. Clean and tune the areas of your home that don’t always get an adequate amount of elbow grease.
- Seal things up – If you feel any drafts around windows or doors, well, that’s not good! Now is the time to address those issues before the frigid temperatures hit. While you’re at it, give your attic insulation a check, too.
- Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors – Who else despises dealing with those annoying things? Is it just me or do they only “alarm” you (in the most annoying way possible) when NOTHING is wrong. Regardless, they do serve an important purpose, so make sure they are in check.
- Get ready to light up your fireplace – You may want to consider having a chimney sweep do an inspection to make sure there are no issues before cozying up to your first fire of the season.And last but certainly not least, does your family have an emergency escape plan? This is the time for you and your family to devise a plan if you haven’t already, and make sure that everyone knows the plan and can carry it out in case of an emergency.
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