To many, fall home maintenance is the last thing one wants to consider as the cool weather comes. Fall is a favorite season of the year for many. You have the perfect foliage, football is back and you can sit back and cozy up next to your fireplace. Before the cold days of winter come, you will want to ensure your home is all set to avoid any headaches in the winter. Follow our fall maintenance checklist and you will be all set to stay inside during the colder days.
These steps will allow your deck to service snow, rain, and hail and set you up for success in the summer months.
Check-in on your roof
Rain storms from the summer and spring can be tough on your roof. Have your roof inspected before the winter months to determine what damages may have occurred. An inspection can help prevent further damage, and experts can tell you whether you need to replace or update shingles.
Clean up and protect your deck
If you have a deck in your front or backyard, fall is a perfect time to ensure no water is soaking into the boards. There are a few things you can do to take care of your deck in the winter:
- Check for loose nails and screws.
- Power wash the deck. Budget Dumpster recommends doing this on a day no colder than 40 degrees.
- Inspect for cracks or areas that are splintering. You can fill cracks with an epoxy wood filler.
- Add a water-repelling stain to protect from melting ice and snow.
Clean out your gutters.
Your gutters should be cleaned a few times a year. The beginning and end of fall are a great time to check them as leaves and sticks start to fall to prevent any draining issues. If you notice cracks around the edge of your roof, you may need to get your gutters replaced.
Inspect your fireplace.
If you have a fireplace, fall and winter are when you use it the most. Clean out any dust that may have been collected from the previous months. You will want to make sure that cleaning out your chimney is on your fall home maintenance checklist as this is something that is often overlooked. Ignoring your chimney and fireplace can result in the liner being burned and house fires. Schedule a quick maintenance check with a fireplace professional.
Check HVAC systems.
The last thing you want on a cold day is for your furnace to break. There are a few things you should add to your fall home checklist to ensure you stay warm:
- Clean your unit that is outside – remove any debris around the unit and ensure nothing is broken.
- Check on air filters. Before removing any ac units you will want to remove any old filters and replace them
- Schedule a tune-up – One of the most important things you can do to get your system ready for the winter is to schedule a tune-up with a heating and AC professional. They will be able to clean, test, and ensure everything is working properly and safely.
Clean up your yard.
Get one last good lawn mow in before the cold weather hits and put away any summer furniture you don’t want to be ruined by snow and sleet. It’s a good idea to put fertilizer on your grass a week or two before the season’s first frost.
Clean space heaters.
If you use space heaters in your home you will want to make sure they are safe and working properly before you need them. You will want to inspect the cord, clean the grates and ensure you have proper ventilation if needed. These maintenance tips can help prevent house fires from improper use.
Take care of your garden.
If you spend a lot of time on your garden in the warmer months, you want to make sure you put a little work in before the colder months to help protect your trees and plants as winter can be a trying time for them. Protect your garden by completing the following steps in the fall:
- Water generously
- Add mulch to keep roots warm
- Wrap shrubs and trees in wire protection to help the structure
- Give TLC to newer plants – winter will be the roughest on plants you added this year.
Check smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
This should be on every home maintenance checklist. House fires are most common during the colder months, and smoke alarms will be your first line of defense. Carbon monoxide detectors should be checked here as well. The CDC shares that the most accidental poisonings occur in the cold months of January and December as furnaces and space heaters may produce toxic gas. Replace the batteries to ensure your family will be safe this fall and winter.
Ensure you have shovels and other cold-weather equipment.
We all know that once the news channels share news about the first snowstorm there will be no shovels in sight. Get your equipment early so you don’t get stuck in the snow or have to leave the house during a snowstorm.
These quick tasks can be done within a week or two and will allow you to fully enjoy the coziness of winter without having to worry about your home.