Home Maintenance Update to prepare your home for the fall

Home Maintenance Update to prepare your home for the fall

September 18, 2019

 

The leaves are falling, temperatures are dropping, and Fall is fast approaching. This is the right time to fix your home. You have to get things in your home in tip-top shape before it gets really cold.  Here are some home updates you can do to prepare for the Fall.

  1. Clear your yard and garden

Your garden and yard will be exposed during the cold months. You need to prepare it for the cold season by;

  • Trim your trees:

Prune off dead parts of the trees or any other parts that need trimming. It will prevent dead tree limbs from falling over your home, vehicles, or people walking by.

  • Garden maintenance:

If you garden, you should bring in any plants that cannot stand the cold weather. Also, apply some fall fertilizer over your lawn to make sure it regrows strong and healthy after the winter.

Lastly, shut off the water supply to outside faucet and sprinkler systems. Disconnect any above-ground sprinkler parts and hoses, and put them away safely.

  • Rake away leaves:

Once the leaves start falling, don't leave them there. Buy a rake or leaf blower and get rid of them. It will prevent dead leaves from piling up, which will ensure your lawn produces incredible growth come spring.

  • Store away summer items:

Clean out the storage shed or garage and put away flower pots, tools, winter furniture, and anything that should not be left out in the cold season. While you are at it, run your lawnmower dry, clean it, and store it away safely.

  1. Fix the exterior of your house

The outside of your home will feel the brunt of the cold season. Make sure you walk around it, checking for any vulnerable areas that need repairing or strengthening during Fall home maintenance. Here are some things to check out.

  • How are the gutters?

Clean your gutters properly and make sure the downspouts are free of debris. Otherwise, when it rains, your gutters and spouts will get backed up and expose your roof to rot. Tighten the gutter hangers too to make sure they can hold them up.

  • Repair the roof

If your roof is damaged, it's time to do that repair project. Otherwise, the wet season will expose you to leaks. You can hire an expert to do a roof inspection for you and take care of any repairs needed if you cannot do it yourself.

  • Seal holes and insulate:

When it starts getting cold, small animals start looking for a warm place to hideaway as they get ready for the change of the seasons. So, check for any holes and plug them to keep critters from nesting in your pantry, attic, or basement.

Also, add insulation to areas of your home, such as walls, ceilings, and floors to fix any drafts.

  1. Do a safety and energy check

You should also prepare yourself and your family for any emergencies. Here are some things you can do in this regard.

  • Check your safety equipment

Make sure your first aid kit is well-equipped. Also, ensure your fire extinguishers, smoke, and carbon monoxide detectors are in good working order.

  • Clean out the chimney

If you have a chimney, get it cleaned and capped in preparation for the cold season.

That way, you can keep warm in the cozy fire without risking carbon monoxide poisoning. The capping will prevent critters from entering your home through the chimney.

  • Install a programmable thermostat

You can save a lot of energy during the fall by programming your thermostat to lower temperatures when you are not home. Buy a programmable thermostat and save money as the temperatures get lower!

  • Dryer vents and air conditioning:

Clean out your dryer and dryer vents. The build-up in there such as lint is flammable and can easily cause a home fire.

If you use air conditioning, you won't need it in the cold months. Cover any outside units and remove those that you can, such as the window units.

 

Last word

Fall is almost here, doing maintenance and repairs is essential, and we can't avoid it. How are you preparing for Fall? This is the right time to fix your home. If you haven't started, use these tips to prepare you and your family for the cold season, so you don't get caught by surprise.



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