Fall has arrived! And while these beautiful days may have you lulled into believing that we’re still clinging to Summer, these chilly mornings will wake you right up and remind you that it’s time to get your home ready for cooler, wetter weather.
This is a busy season for homeowners to prepare for Winter, but with this easy checklist you’ll be ready in no time. Bring on the hot chocolate and sweaters!
Yard and Garden
- Rake the yard so it’s free from leaves and other debris. It’ll help keep your lawn healthy during the more dormant months.
- If your grass didn’t fare well with our dry Summer, now is a great time to reseed any patches that need some attention. We still get nice sunshine during the day to help it grow and get established. Now is also the time to fertilize your existing lawn.
- If you like Spring color in your garden and around your borders, now is the time to plant bulbs for those beautiful blooms.
- Organize your garage and/or shed. The bikes are being put up for the Winter, and we’re preparing it to house both cars for the cooler months. Most of the yard tools are being stored since we won’t need quick access to them for several months. Also, make sure any snow equipment is ready for use and easy to access.
- If you have gas-powered equipment like a lawn mower, make one final cut to the yard then drain the fuel from the tank.
- Drain hoses and sprinkler systems, and cover all exterior faucets.
Exterior of the Home
- With shorter days, you’ll want to make sure you have proper lighting around the exterior of your home. Check all of the bulbs to see that they’re working and provide enough light.
- Caulking and sealing will keep your home water and wind resistant when the weather turns cooler. Check any masonry and siding for cracks that need filling.
- Cover foundation vents to keep cold air and rodents from entering the crawlspace.
- Clean the gutters and make sure all downspouts are secured and draining properly.
- Touch up any paint so the surfaces aren’t exposed to moisture.
- Take a look at your roof and make sure there are no loose or missing shingles.
- Check your attic for adequate insulation. Making sure you have the proper levels of insulation will help keep your heating costs down.
- Add weather stripping to all of your doors to keep drafts from coming in – this includes your garage door too.
Inside the Home
- Have your fireplace and furnace serviced to make sure they’re running efficiently and you won’t have emergencies during the cold months. If you have a fireplace, get the chimney inspected and cleaned if needed.
- Check for heat loss around your windows and add caulking and/or weather stripping to keep the heat that you’re paying for inside.
Don’t let this list scare you. You can easily tackle a couple projects each weekend, and still enjoy your favorite Fall activities – like football! But taking care of these maintenance items can keep you from having to make costly repairs (and paying higher utility bills) in the future.