Take advantage of no rain in the forecast this week to prep your home for the change in weather on the way! Enjoy the beautiful weather by getting out in the yard for some Fall cleanup around your home.
–Seal windows. Caulk and seal areas that may need it to prevent leaks and cold air drafts.
–Divide or transplant perennials. Now is the time to make use of those perennials by dividing them and replanting them in other flower beds. Or, share your extra perennials with friends!
–Clean gutters and downspouts. Check for proper drainage; remove leaves and debris.
–Check your roof. Inspect shingles, flashing around pipes, chimneys and such to prevent leaks from winter’s ice and snow.
–Trim the trees. Remove dead branches or overgrown limbs from trees to prevent problems.
–Inspect your wood-burning fireplace. Prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.
–Wrap water pipes. Wrap exterior wall pipes with heating tape to save energy and prevent freezing.
–Maintain your furnace. Have a local heating contractor service your furnace; clean or replace your filters regularly.
–Aerate your lawn. Aerating your lawn will allow moisture and nutrients to get into the roots. After you’ve done so, spread fertilizer then grass seed to fill in areas that need repair.
–Drain the water heater. Hard water sediments can build up in your water heater tank. Fall is a good time to drain it to prevent rust from forming.
–Winterize your irrigation system. Drain and properly prepare the system for winter.
–Tune up the snow blower. Be prepared early; have the snow blower serviced if needed.
–Check the batteries. Review your fire and carbon monoxide detectors to be sure the batteries are fresh and the alarms are in working order.
–Clean outdoor furniture. After the last plunge in the pool (or in efforts to minimize the outdoor furniture even while you keep the pool heated), clean and dry the cushions in a dry area to prevent fading, cracking and damage over the off season.
These home maintenance tips will help your home be ready for the changing seasons. Always consider hiring a pro for projects that you feel are out of your scope of expertise. We have many local companies who specialize in chimney sweep, roof repair, plumbing and repairs.