Fall is the perfect time to take care of big home repair projects before shorter days and the weather grows colder. It’s important to prepare for the winter months which can make outdoor work too difficult and to help prevent costly damage. Take some time this fall to boost energy efficiency throughout your home, and prevent damage from winter storms with proper tree care. Below are the fall preventative home maintenance steps that every homeowner should follow and can rest easy knowing that your home and yard are buttoned up and ready for winter.
1. Gutters and downspouts
Clean frequently throughout fall to prevent build up of leaves and other debris. Neglected gutters can lead to wood rot problems, pest infestations, damaged roof and siding.
2. Windows and doors
Inspect and repair any loose or damaged window or door frames. Installing weather stripping or caulking around windows and doors can help prevent drafts and help lower heating bills.
3. Heating systems
Replace furnace filter and clean ducts to better your heating system's efficiency as well as to reduce household dust and to provide relief to those with respiratory problems. Have a professional from Reddick & Sons check your heating system to ensure optimal performance and discover any minor problems before they turn into costly major repairs.
4. Clean dryer vents
Lint buildup can cause your dryer to work less efficiently and can even cause a fire. Cool, dry fall weather can increase static electricity, which can ignite lint build up.
5. Check safety devices
Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors; replace batteries as needed.
6. Prep chimney
Call a professional at SweepMasters to inspect and clean your chimney. Fireplaces that are regularly used during the season should have an annual cleaning to prevent dangerous chimney fires. https://www.sweep-masters.com/
7. Rake leaves
As leaves begin to begin to fall, rake regularly to keep the lawn healthy and deter snakes.
8. Care for trees and shrubs
Check for branches that interfere with power lines or come too close to the roof.
9. Perform pantry audit
Check for any expired items.
10. Seal gaps where critters can enter
Fill any small holes or cover any larger gaps securely with heavy-duty hardware cloth to keep the wildlife outdoors.
11. Check walkways, railings, stairs, and driveway for winter safety
Make navigating around your home easier by checking that all stairs and walkways are in good shape and you have sturdy railings, and that the driveway is in good repair to make shoveling easier.
12. Stock up on winter supplies
Fall is the time to prepare with snow shovels, ice scrappers, pet friendly ice melt if needed, and to restock your car and home emergency kits.
13. Drain and store garden hoses
Shut off exterior faucets to protect your pipes from freezing. Drain hoses and store them indoors.
14. Deep-clean the kitchen
Take a day to tackle the more intensive cleaning tasks to keep your kitchen working efficiently and looking great.
15. Inspect roof
Fall is a great time to do this because you’ll definitely want your roof in good shape before winter sets in and the snow makes it difficult to fix any problems.Look for signs of water damage, loose flashing, rotting or damaged shingles, etc.