With fall just around the corner, you can bet that you need to do more than just decorate your house for the holidays. Now that the changing weather is destined to bring colder temperatures, it’s important to perform a little home maintenance. This allows your home to remain in good working condition even when Mother Nature throws it a punch. Use the following checklist and take care of your home, so that it takes care of your for years to come.
Starting from the foundation and working your way up to the roof, check each side of the home thoroughly from top to bottom. You’re looking for any cracking foundations or walls to start. Check around windows and doors, looking for any gaps, cracks or rot. Look for peeling paint and other simple fixes as well. Repair any minor damages as needed with paint and caulk. Paint and caulking is one of the least expensive maintenance tasks, yet it probably does the most good.
It’s also a good time to replace any damaged screens covering your windows or doors. If you’re installing storm doors and windows, do so at this time of year rather than when the winter months have already arrived and start saving money and time right away.
Roofing materials should be in top shape. Any damaged shingles should be repaired or replaced immediately. A roofing inspection isn’t a bad idea to have lined up at this time of year either. That’s because a simple bit of snow or ice can be the straw that broke the camels back for an already damaged roof. And it’s a lot easier and cheaper to fix a bad spot on the roof that might not leak right now, rather than fix a spot that does leak in the middle of winter.
Exterior outbuildings, pool covers and garage door weather-stripping should all be inspected and replaced if damaged to help keep your entire home free from winters harsh hand.
Heating and cooling equipment should be inspected at this time. Cleaning the coils, changing the filters and performing a thorough test are a wise idea during the fall. During the winter months, heating companies are at their peak and service calls may take some time-and extra cash-to get fixed when they are busy.
Woodstoves and fireplaces should also be checked and cleaned if necessary before the long winter months ahead that are going to put this sort of equipment through its paces. While you’re at it, check to make sure the smoke detectors all work and be sure all batteries have been replaced.
But besides the heating equipment, you’ll also need to check for air leaks. After all, you can’t keep the space heated if all of the heat keeps leaking out. Apply weather-stripping as needed and caulk around any open cracks or gaps.
Yard and Garden
Leaf removal is at the top of the list, but you’ll also want to store away all of your gas powered equipment properly by draining any excess gas and putting it away properly through the winter. If you use any gas powered equipment to clear snow away in the winter, you’ll also want to test fire this equipment so it’s ready when the time comes.
Remove soil form container gardens; drain away all water from any hoses or storage containers and be sure porches, stairs and all hand rails are in top working condition for when slippery icy conditions come to your neck of the woods.