Tips to get your home ready for fall
Cooler temperatures and pretty soon, falling leaves, reminds us that the fall season is here. As the seasons change, so do our home needs which makes it a good time to do some seasonal maintenance to keep your home running smoothly. A bit of attention now will save costly repairs and aggravation later.
- Check for drafts. Feel for drafts around the edges of windows and doors. A good tip is to use a lighted candle and if the flame flickers, there’s most likely a draft. If necessary, replace seals and repair caulking around window and door frames.
- Have your furnace inspected. Hire an HVAC professional to test for leaks, check heating efficiency, and change the filter. It’s also a good idea to stock up on extra air filters and change them every few months.
- Programmable thermostat. If you have a programmable thermostat, check the temperature settings. Setting your thermostat to lower the temperature automatically at night and when you’re not home, can result in substantial cost savings.
- Test home safety devices. Replace the batteries in all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide devices and test to make sure they’re working properly.
- Clean humidifiers. Replace old filters and clean inside compartment. Vinegar is inexpensive and works well.
- Check the chimney and fireplace. If you have a wood fireplace and use it often, have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional.
- Stock up on firewood. Order enough firewood for the season. It’s best to cover firewood and store away from the house for safety reasons.
- Inspect siding. Check home exterior for cracks or holes. Repair if needed.
- Clean the gutters. Remove leaves, nests, and debris from gutters and check for leaks.
- Check water drainage. Rainwater downspouts need to be clear of obstructions and direct water away from foundations, walkways, and driveways. Add extensions to downspouts if necessary.
- Store hoses. Drain garden hoses and disconnect from the outside spigots. Store hoses in a dry place so any residual water won’t freeze.
- Inspect trees. Check for damaged limbs that may break or that are too close to power lines or the roof.
- Trim landscaping. Cut back bushes, shrubs, and flowers as recommended for your type of landscaping.
In the Garage
- Service summer power equipment. Empty fuel and clean lawnmower and trimmer. Have lawnmower blades sharpened and oil changed. Have any necessary repairs done now, so that you’re ready come spring.
- Test the generator. If you have an emergency generator for power outages, give it a test, and make sure it’s in good working order.
- Buy extra gasoline. Purchase extra gas to have on hand for use in your generator, so you’re prepared for emergencies. Make sure you store gasoline in tanks away from fire sources and out of children’s reaches.
- Clean the garage. Since you’re in the garage prepping for fall, you might as well purge, organize and clean it while you’re there.
As you’re enjoying the last bits of summer, make sure that your home is prepared for the coming fall season. Preventative maintenance now will save money on expensive emergency repairs and wasted energy costs. Properly maintaining your home also enhances its value and appeal and is less effort than managing a crisis later. When the chilly weather approaches you and your home will be ready.
Hermes Realty Group
Keller Williams Realty