August 6, 2019
As the warm summer months come to an end, it’s time to prepare your home for the upcoming season. Fall brings complex risks to your home, such as clogged gutters and downspouts. When you prepare, you can save yourself a lot of time and money repairing costly problems. Here are a few items to add to your fall home maintenance checklist:
During the summer, we love to feel the warm breeze through our screens and windows. Now, it’s time to swap your screens for glass replacement windows and doors to keep the heat in during the colder months. Also, inspect the outside of your home. Summer weather can cause cracks in your foundation, paint chips and more. If you find any cracks in your foundation, fill them with a crack sealer or contact a professional.
Don’t forget — as beautiful as the falling leaves may be during the next few months, they can cause problems for your home. Be sure to add debris removal from your gutters and downspouts to your fall home maintenance checklist. When you neglect to remove the debris, you could experience pooling, which could cause damage to your roof, foundation, driveway, walkway and your wallet!
Once a year, an HVAC professional should inspect and service your home’s heating system. This routine maintenance prolongs the life of your HVAC system and can even help you save on your heating bill. When you neglect to maintain this system, you may be looking at extensive and costly repairs or replacement parts. While your HVAC professional maintains your heating system, take this time to store your air conditioning units, too.
Additionally, hire a professional to evaluate your home’s attic ventilation. During the winter months, you’ll want to ensure there is proper ventilation in order to prevent mold, mildew, rot and other problems as your heat your home.
Don’t forget to maintain your yard and garden, too! Take the time to rake the leaves from your lawn to prevent patchiness and inhibit spring growth. If you struggled with achieving the perfect green lawn, this is a great time to reseed. After you’ve tended to your yard, take a look at any tree limbs that may be dangerous. Safely trim away branches that are too close to powerlines or to the roof of your home or your neighbors home. If you don’t feel comfortable trimming trees, hire a professional.
Are you prepared and ready to create your winter checklist? Here are a few items to consider when you plan for the winter months.