I love this time of year: the cooler weather, beautiful trees, hot apple cider, pumpkin pie, holidays approaching….but wait: what about the house?
It is easy to get caught up in the season of fall and busy schedules and to neglect to prepare your home for cooler weather. Here is a quick checklist to help you prepare your home for the fall and winter months that lay ahead.
Fall Maintenance Checklist list for the Home
1. Clean Gutters
Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts
2. Drain and Store Garden Hoses
Shut off the water to the outdoor faucet. Drain your garden hoses, wrap them nicely and put them in storage.
3. Inspect smoke detectors.
An easy way to remember this is to check your smoke detectors and batteries every time daylight savings ends or begins. You should check your smoke detectors every 6 months.
4. Check your HVAC or get your chimney cleaned
Schedule a maintenance check for your HVAC system or schedule a chimney clean.
5. Save money on your heating bill
This is more of a tip than a maintenance issue. Open your shades in the daytime to let the sun shine in your house. Close your shades when the sun sets. The idea is to use the sun’s warmth to heat up for home a little.
6. Check for air leaks
For windows, Check for loose or cracked glazing. Re-seal with silicon caulk. All windows and doors should close snugly. You can winterize your windows if you need to wait to repair or get new windows. Also, seal holes or gaps where the house framing meets the foundation.
7. Light up your outside.
It will be getting dark out, so it is important to have proper lighting along the pathway to your house. Also, inspect your porch lights.
If you need help upgrading your porch lights, or smoke detectors, feel free to give us a call.
Have a wonderful Fall season,