Get Your Home Ready For Fall

Cooler temperatures and falling leaves serve as a reminder that the fall season is fast approaching. As the seasons change, so do our activities and home needs. Even though summer is not quite over yet, it's a good time to do some seasonal maintenance to keep your home running smoothly. The weather can change quickly, and you don't want to be caught unprepared. A bit of attention now will save costly repairs and aggravation later.

Exterior Maintenance

  • Do a roof check. 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. Look for missing, damaged, or loose shingles.
  • Check the chimney and fireplace. If you have a wood fireplace and use it often, have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional.
  • Stock up on firewood. Order enough firewood for the season. If you gather your own firewood, make sure it's dry and ready. It's best to cover firewood and store it away from the house for safety reasons.
  • Inspect siding. Check home exterior for cracks or holes.
  • Clean the gutters. Hire a service to clear your gutters or do it yourself. Remove leaves, nests, and debris from gutters. Also, check for leaks.
  • Check water drainage. Rainwater downspouts need to be clear of obstructions and direct water away from foundations, walkways, and driveways. Add extensions if necessary.
  • Reinforce windows and doors. Remove screens and install storm windows and doors if you use them. Check caulk and seals around all doors and windows.
  • Turn off faucets and store hoses. Drain garden hoses and disconnect from the outside spigots. Shut off exterior faucets. If you have an older home, you may need to turn off the valve inside your home. Store hoses in a dry place so any residual water won't freeze.
  • Service sprinklers and irrigation system. Your irrigation system will need to be drained and checked. Have a professional perform any necessary repairs and mark sprinkler heads near snow removal areas.
  • Inspect trees. Check for damaged limbs that may break or that are too close to power lines or the roof.
  • Trim landscaping. Cut back bushes and shrubs as recommended for our climate zone.
  • Bring in flowerpots. If you keep plants or flower in pots year-round, bring them inside. If you replace plants every year, empty, clean and dry pots. Put them away for next spring.
  • Remove leaves. Rake and remove leaves from the yard. Put into a compost pile if you have one. Alternatively, put into yard garbage bags and leave at the curb for community pick-up.
  • Fertilize the lawn. Applying fall lawn fertilizer will help prevent winter damage and spring weeds. Ask a local garden center to find out which type of fertilizer you need.
  • Put away seasonal furniture. Clean and store seasonal outdoor furniture. Remove and clean cushions. Wash and dry furniture and store in a dry place over winter.
  • Organize the shed/garage. As your shed/garage is filling up with summer items in storage, now's a good time to organize and clean out the shed. Move summer items to the back and winter stuff up front for better access. Also, remove any liquids that will freeze.

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