Home maintenance should be completed year-round and year after year to keep your home in top shape. You should take care to check your home over before the start of each season.
Since the mornings are crisp and the leaves are beginning to fall, there are several things you should do for home maintenance.
Gutters and Downspouts
Gutters and downspouts don’t require much maintenance unless they are damaged, but it’s important to take care of them during the fall since this is when you’re likely to find more debris in them.
If you neglect to routinely clean your gutters through the fall, you may subject your home to wood rot, pests, and damaged gutters. Once they are cleaned, make sure the brackets are secured throughout the gutters and downspouts.
Finally, make sure the water runoff from the downspouts doesn’t pool where it lands since this can damage your sidewalk, driveway, or the foundation of your home.
Freezing temperatures can cause pipes to freeze and burst, resulting in water damage and costly repairs.
Fall is the time to turn off exterior water faucets and drain the hoses to store for winter. You should also turn the irrigation system off if you have one.
Even sprinkler systems that are underground can freeze and burst when the temperature dips below freezing.
Weatherstripping will lower your energy costs in fall and winter and keep your home insulated better.
Apply weatherstripping around your doors and windows. You’ll want to make sure that the method of weatherstripping you use is appropriate for the wear and weather in your area.
Bitter winters will call for better methods of weather stripping than areas where winters are milder.
If you have cracks in your driveway or sidewalk, the approaching cold weather could make them worse. When water freezes, it expands. This means that water in the cracks of your driveway or sidewalk could get worse when the temperature drops below freezing.
While checking over your driveway and sidewalk, be sure to check that the stairs are safe. Ice and snow can make getting to and from your home hazardous.
Ensuring that the stairs are solid and safe to walk on will make it a little easier to navigate in the ice and snow.
Ice and snow can cause previous damage to get worse. Before the temperatures get below freezing, you’ll want to take a walk around your home and visually inspect the important elements, such as the siding, foundation, and roof.
Seal Air Leaks
You can find exterior caulk that matches the color of your home. Use this around windows and doors and also between the siding and trim.
It’s also beneficial to use this caulk where wires and pipes enter your home to prevent moisture from seeping in. This is one of the most important, but cheapest fall maintenance projects you can do for your home.
You’ll also save money on your energy bill by doing so.
Any yard equipment that uses gasoline should be prepared for storage through fall and winter. Drain the gasoline from leaf blowers, chain saws, lawnmowers, and any other equipment that runs on fuel.
Now is also the time to ensure your winter equipment is running and ready.
Shovels, roof rakes, and snowblowers should be easily accessible and in working order.
Before the temperatures drop really low, you’ll want to have your furnace inspected and serviced if needed.
You can also clean the ducts around your home, so your heating system runs more efficiently and limits the amount of dust being blown around your home.
Get your home ready for the changing seasons with these tips for your fall home maintenance checklist.
One of the most important things you can do is weatherstripping your home.
You’ll also want to do a walk around your property and inspect the exterior elements of your home, such as the siding, roof, and gutters.
Ensure your winter equipment is in good condition so you will be prepared for the snow and ice.
Store the equipment you won’t be using through fall and winter, like your mower and leaf blower.
Fall home maintenance is important to make sure your home’s interior and exterior are prepared for the bitter winter months ahead.