Of course, the autumn wreaths, pumpkin spice candles, and Halloween decorations are important for celebrating the fall season’s arrival. But, is your home ready to handle the quickly changing weather? Chilly weather, falling leaves, and potentially damaging storms are on their way, so it’s best to be prepared and make sure your house is ready to handle it all.
Take a look at these helpful tips to ensure your home is fall-ready:
Clean and Cover-up Your Outdoor Furniture
Give your outdoor furniture a quick wipe down and clear off any debris that has fallen on them. Use tarps or furniture covers to place over them and protect them from the elements until you’re ready to take them out for spring. If needed and you have the available space, bring them indoors for ultimate protection.
Inspect and Repair Your Roof
Give your roof a quick look-over and search for any signs that it is damaged and needs to be fixed. Start by looking for curled, broken, or missing shingles, moss growth, or rust. Notice any of the mentioned issues or have concerns? Consider having your roof professionally inspected as soon as possible.
Clean Your Gutters
It is generally recommended to clean your gutters at least twice a year. Especially when fall starts, leaves will indeed find their way into your gutters and likely clog them up. Gutters work hard to remove rainwater and melting snow safely off your roof and away from your home, so it’s essential to be sure they are properly functioning.
Take Care of Your Outdoor Water System
Be sure to drain and turn off all your outdoor faucets and sprinkler system. A frozen pipe could lead to a burst and some costly damage. Make sure to drain out and store away your hoses, so they’re ready for next year!
Inspect Your House For Drafts
Prevent heat loss by taking a walk throughout your entire house and looking for any areas where there could be air coming in from outside. Seal up gaps in doorways and windows and fill in any spaces missing proper insulation. Your energy bill will thank you!
Inspect Your Furnace, Water Heater, and Change Filters
Nothing works harder in the winter than your home’s heating system. Inspect your furnace and water heater and ensure they are properly functioning before the weather gets too cold, and have them fixed as soon as possible. Fall is also a great time to change out your dirty filters to make sure your home has fresh, clean air for all the time you’ll spend indoors.
Prepare Your Fireplace
Who doesn’t love getting all cozy by the fireplace when the cold weather arrives? Though you might be getting the firewood together already, schedule an inspection and check that your chimney is clean and free of blockages. That way, when the first cold day hits, you’ll be all ready to go!
Check Safety Equipment
Another part of the fall season we look forward to is daylight savings, which is also the perfect time to make sure your home’s safety equipment is up to par! Replace batteries for your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, checking expiration dates and replacing fire extinguishers if needed, stock up and be prepared for power outages, and review an emergency plan with your family.
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