Cooler temperatures and falling leaves serve as a reminder that the fall season is fast approaching. As the seasons change, so do our activities outside of and in the home. As Fall fast approaches, it’s a good time to do some seasonal maintenance to keep your home running smoothly. The weather can change quickly, especially if you live in a colder climate and you don’t want to be caught unprepared. A bit of attention now will save costly repairs and aggravation later. Here are some tips to get your home ready for fall!
- Feel for drafts around the edges of windows and doors. A good tip is to use a lighted candle and if the flame flickers, there’s most likely a draft. If necessary, replace seals and repair caulking around window and door frames. Consider buying heavier or insulated drapery for especially drafty windows.
- Service your furnace. Hire an HVAC professional to test for leaks, check heating efficiency, and change the filter. They can also do a carbon monoxide check to ensure air safety. It’s also a good idea to stock up on extra air filters and change them every few months.
- Replace the batteries in all your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide devices and test to make sure they’re working properly.
- Check your roof. You should be able to do at least a visual inspection of the roof from the ground. Grab some binoculars to get a closer look or if you’re able and can do so safely, climb on up for a better view. Be sure to look for missing, damaged, or loose shingles, if your roof is flat, you may need to remove leaves and debris.
- Inspect your siding. Check your home’s exterior for cracks or holes. If you find any, repair them yourself or hire a professional.
- Turn off faucets and store hoses. Drain garden hoses and disconnect from the outside spigots. Shut off exterior faucets, and if you have an older home, you may need to turn off the valve inside your home. Then, store the hoses in a dry place so any residual water won’t freeze.
- Fertilize lawn. Applying fall lawn fertilizer will help prevent winter damage and spring weeds. Ask a local garden center or check online to find out which type of fertilizer you need and when to apply it. If you have a lawn service, they should do this for you.
As you’re enjoying the last bits of summer, these tips to get your home ready for fall will make sure that your home is prepared for the coming fall season.
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