A Quick Guide to Fall Home Maintenance
Home maintenance is a topic that many shy away from. After all, there’s so much to do daily without adding big ticket items to the list! But really, keeping your home safe and well-kept needs to be at the top of your to-do list. Often small issues that pop up over the summer can create a world of headache later in the year in harsh, wet weather. Use the comfortable days of fall to get your home in tip-top shape for autumn and winter.
• Clean outdoor furniture and bring inside.
• Clean and store outdoor furniture cushions.
• Clean and inspect rain spouts and gutters.
• Mow lawn for the last time.
• Rake leaves and shred/chip to use as mulch or bag and dispose of them. Check your municipality’s guidelines for removal.
• Prepare perennial plants by cutting them back.
• Pick up sticks and branches from yard and dispose of safely.
• Remove hoses from outside spigots. Drain, coil, and store.
• Install storm windows and/or winterize windows.
• Test and service snow blower.
• Inventory, check, and buy (if needed) winter supplies like de-icer and snow shovels.
• Power wash siding, if needed.
• Take care of any possible problems with the roof (leaks, loose shingles, etc.).
• Take care of any possible problems with the house (broken windows, loose shutters, etc.).
• Dust the blinds.
• Take down and wash curtains and sheers.
• Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace batteries if needed.
• Install or repair weather stripping where needed.
• Check windows and doors for draftiness; fix where needed.
• Have the furnace and any wood burners inspected and serviced.
• Create or check a weather emergency kit, especially for hurricane and blizzard season.
• Check flashlight bulbs and batteries.
• Make sure that you have enough batteries available in case of an emergency.
• If you’ve been putting off big home renovation projects, like painting a room or staining the floors, do it now when you can open the windows for ventilation.
• Unpack winter bedding. Consider investing in flannel sheet sets and/or electric blankets to reduce energy consumption.
• Ensure that pipes are insulated and check for leaks.
• If holiday decorations are in hard-to-reach areas or in outdoor storage, move them inside to make them more accessible.