Summer is about to end and fall is fast approaching. Have you been doing what you need to prepare for it?
If you haven’t started yet, here are a few things you need to get done now while the weather is still pleasant and ideal for some of these tasks.
10 Tasks to Take on Before Fall Gets Here
Do an exterior and interior check.
Take the time to go around your property and see what needs to be fixed and updated for fall. Check your roof, sidings, window well covers, HVAC system, plumbing, insulation, and everything else that needs to be addressed and secured before the colder weather comes.
Clean your gutters.
One of the first things you need to do for your home is to check your gutters and have them cleaned (if you can’t do it yourself). Remember that giving your gutters the love and attention they deserve will lead to greater savings by means of prevention of water seeping through walls. Have them replaced if necessary, just don’t overlook this aspect of home maintenance.
Check all over the place for drafts.
Go over your home and identify areas where there are drafts. Determining them as early as now will give you enough time to work on weatherstripping, caulking, or even replacing some windows.
Turn off all outdoor faucets.
You wouldn’t want your plumbing to burst on account of the water freezing. For this reason, it is best to start turning off all outdoor faucets and disconnecting hoses from spigots. Make sure that they are properly drained before winter comes.
Put your outdoor furniture in storage.
Just because they’re called outdoor furniture doesn’t mean you can just leave them exposed to the harsh elements and expect that they still be in tip-top condition afterward. Bring all your outdoor furniture indoors and store them properly during the cold months. If you don’t have ample storage space for them, make sure to cover them with waterproof furniture cover to protect them from winter’s cold.
Repair cracks on your driveway.
Why repair cracks on cement? If water comes into those cracks and freezes, it will expand and cause even greater damage to your driveway and walkways. So get to fixing and sealing those cracks while it’s still hot.
Replace your HVAC filters.
Cleaning and replacing HVAC filters should be done monthly. It helps to significantly reduce your energy consumption and keeps the temperature inside your home pleasant the whole year-round.
Start prepping your lawn.
If you want to have a great looking lawn come spring and summertime, you need to start prepping it during fall and wintertime. Fertilizing your lawn will not only give you a great garden during warmer months but it also prevents grass from withering over winter making it turn greener faster when springtime comes.
Make sure your winter equipment is in good working condition.
Do an inventory of your winter equipment, such as a snowblower or snow thrower, and see if they’re functioning as they should. Doing this now gives you enough time to have them repaired if they’re broken or malfunctioning.
Change the batteries of your smoke detectors.
For your family’s safety, inspect all of your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide devices to see if they are working well. Even if all of your detectors are working well, it is recommended to replace all of their batteries before winter rolls in.
Once you’ve done all of these things, you can go into fall without any worries or concerns about your home. You can just take your time and just enjoy the season with your loved ones.