It’s that time of year to get outside and prep your home for the changing of seasons!
Here are some of the best Fall maintenance tips to maintain the health of your home:
–Seal windows. Keep the heat inside your home by caulking and sealing areas around your windows that are in need. Prevent air leaks and cold air drafts.
–Clean up the garden. Now is a great time to 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 from your gutters to ensure the rain can flow and prevent ice buildup during the winter.
–Inspect your roof. Take a look at the shingles, flashing around pipes, chimneys and beyond to look for any problems areas that would cause 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 by being sure your fireplace is in good operating condition.
–Wrap water pipes. Protect exterior wall pipes by wrapping them 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 Fall 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. Feel free to contact me for recommendations too!