Well-maintained home in fall

Fall Home Maintenance: Easy Tips to Get Ready for Winter

September 16, 2022
There's so much to love about fall. Is your home ready for the change of season?

In between your apple-picking and pumpkin spice latte-drinking adventures, take some time to prep your home for the coming cold weather. Use this home improvement checklist to get started (and maybe treat yourself to a caramel apple when the work is all done). 

Inspect Your Roof

Check your roof for any loose shingles that need to be repaired before the winter months. Clear any clogged gutters and downspouts, and consider installing a mesh barrier system to prevent them from getting clogged again. 

Drain Outside Faucets

Use shut-off valves to stop the water flow to outdoor faucets. Then turn on your outside faucet to drain the water still inside the pipes. This will prevent water from freezing inside (and damaging) your pipes. Be sure to properly pack up and store your garden hoses so they don’t get damaged in the winter.

Prep Your Lawn

Fall is the perfect time to trim your trees and shrubs in anticipation of snowfall. Rest assured that after completing these tasks, your home will be more protected from damage like falling tree branches due to snow accumulation.

Before tackling the last mowing before the cold sets in, be sure to rake away dead leaves and weeds to ensure a clean cut. After your lawn is ready to go, take the time to mark your driveway and sidewalks for a smoother snow-clearing experience.

Inspect Windows and Doors

To save on costs and increase energy efficiency, inspect all windows and doors for gaps that may allow heat to escape during the winter. Use caulk or weather stripping to seal up air leaks. You’ll thank yourself when the winter utility bills start arriving in the mailbox. 

Clean & Store Patio Furniture

Out of sight, out of mind? Not this year! It is important to clean and cover your patio furniture to avoid having to buy new for next season. Wipe it down and store it away from cold weather to keep your furniture in good shape.

Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Make sure all your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly. Inspect and/or replace your fire extinguisher, and get rid of any potential fire hazards (such as piles of papers). Review your fire escape plan with your family (especially if you have small children). 

Clean Your Furnace

Clean your furnace filter (or replace it, if you have a disposable one) so it’s ready to go for the winter. It’s also a good idea to have a professional inspect your furnace and heating system, including a fireplace, for any concerns, especially if you live in a climate where temps get below freezing in the winter. 

These can all be easily done in a weekend, and will give you peace of mind as you head into the winter season – not to mention avoid future home repairs.

Now, it’s about time for that caramel apple… 

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