Fall is in full swing. Have you started on your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist yet? Fall is the optimal time to maintain the longevity of your house. Some of the easiest chores can help save money in the winter and upcoming spring months. Here are a few simple things you can do to get your home ready and in tip-top shape.
Service Your Furnace System
- Schedule your fall service on your HVAC system – Schedule an appointment for a fall service tune-up to help avoid a break-down in the middle of a cold night.
- Replace your filters – Clean filters help your system run more efficiently. The changing of the seasons is a great reminder to replace them.
Fall Lawn Care
- Weed Control – Autumn is the best time to kill weeds for good. Kill them now and they won’t return in the spring.
- Rake the leaves – Don’t wait until all the leaves have fallen from the trees, this will turn into a big wet mess. Rake the leaves as they fall to make this chore easier and keep your lawn in better condition.
- Fertilize – If you are only going to fertilize once a year, fall is the best time to do it. Grass is growing slower, but the roots are growing quicker and absorbing nutrients to hold on to until spring.
Inspect Your Garage
- Get your garage door inspected – A garage door inspection should include adjusting springs and cables; lubricating moving parts; tightening hardware, track and hinges; and inspecting the safety sensors and opener gears.
- Remove items that can freeze – Check your supplies, do you have ice melt, shovels, and winter gear? If not, stock up before it is too late and you cannot get your hands on it.
- Outdoor Furniture – Store your outdoor furniture properly, remove cushions and store them in a warm, dry place. Cover grills and pools, wrap tables, toys and chairs in a heavy plastic to protect from moisture and the elements.
Check the outside of your house
- Check your gutters – ensure your gutters are debris free and securely fastened to the house.
- Check windows and doors for proper seal – Add weather stripping or caulk to places where you feel drafts.
- Ensure your plumbing is properly insulated -Drain hoses outdoor faucets. Make sure you close the interior shit off values.
- Inspect your roof – Make sure shingles are not missing and look for any sags or dips.
- If you have a chimney have it cleaned and inspected.
Preparing your home for cold weather and the elements will help protect it and your wallet.