Fall Fixes for the Home
Fall is a welcome reprieve from the oppressive heat of summer. It also offers an ideal time to prepare for the colder weather, rainy season, and everything else that comes in Winter.
The changing of seasons is a good time to stay on top of any home improvement repairs or maintenance. Here are seven yearly tasks that will help keep your household in working order as temperatures begin to cool off this Fall.
Clean gutters: Clogged gutters can result in standing water and roof damage. Regular cleanings will leave you less likely to have to deal with decomposing leaves and other debris.
Mow and trim: It seems counter intuitive, but fall is a wonderful time to both fertilize and reseed your lawn. A maintained lawn improves a home’s value and curbside appeal. Use this time to trim shrubs and grass one last time so your yard stands out, even in a dormant season.
Prune trees: While we may not have to worry about snow, colder months still bring freezing temps which comes frost and ice. Take advantage of nice weather and cut back or remove precarious limbs to avoid any building damage caused by breakage due to low temps.
Power wash: Driveways, sidewalks, decks, and patios can get quite grimy during the summer months. Invest in or rent a power washer and you’ll be surprised how clean you can get them!
Outdoor living: Some furniture is made to be stored during rainy or colder seasons. Clear a place in your garage or shed for these items. If you don’t have room to store these items, consider covering outdoor furniture in weatherproof covers, and vacuum sealing cushions to avoid corrosion or damage.
Heating systems: Check furnaces and change filters. Not only will it boost efficiency, but it will also save you money on your electric bill.
Check for leaks: Re-caulk around windows and doors to help prevent heat from escaping. This may also help keep moisture out during wet months and avoid any mold growth or water damage.
Every season holds different responsibilities for a homeowner. Taking the time to maintain these areas of your home will help you feel at ease during the colder months, may help you avoid any surprises or costly repairs down the line, and also contribute to your home’s overall value.