Autumn Home Maintenance Checklist
Autumn is a great time to tick those home maintenance projects off your checklist. It’s important to take care of your home now before the cold winter weather hits. Doing home maintenance not only help prepare your home for the upcoming season, but it can even make your home more energy efficient! These are some home maintenance projects to get to this fall:
Touch Up Your Home’s Paint
If it’s been a while since you’ve last painted, the exterior of your house could need some TLC. Fall is a good time to paint since the heat of summer is no longer a threat. When painting, make sure that safety is your primary concern. If you do not feel comfortable painting your home, you can always call in a professional.
Care for Your Trees
Now is the time to take care of your trees. Trim any fallen or precarious branches. Doing so can help prevent damage to your home in the winter. If trees are overgrown in places, trim them. Because trees are going dormant in autumn, they are less likely to catch disease. Inspect your trees for odd behavior or disease. Calling in a professional can help you evaluate and care for any tree needs.
Rake Your Leaves
Raking leaves is a staple fall activity. Removing the leaves from your yard before winter is important for a healthy lawn. When leaves get trapped between the ground and the snow, it can inhibit grass growth in the spring. It’s also a great way to spend some time with the family!
Clean the Gutters
In the fall, leaves can get easily get stuck in your gutters and prevent proper drainage. If water cannot drain properly, it could lead to roof damage. While cleaning your gutters, also inspect the spouts. They deliver the water away from your home’s exterior, which is important in preventing damage to your home.
Do an Outdoor Home Safety Check
Take a second to walk around your home and evaluate any places where safety can be improved. For instance, you might need to replace a bulb in your exterior light. You may need to and a railing. Perhaps a walkway or the driveway needs some repair. These safety precautions may seem menial now, but could make a difference once winter hits.
Check the exterior of your home for any gaps or cracks. As the weather continues to cool, small animals may enter your home through these gaps. Prevent these unwanted guests by sealing up holes and cracks.
Remove Your AC Unit
Now that the temperature has cooled down, put that AC unit back into storage. Leaving the AC for too long could allow cold air to creep into your home. If you cannot remove your AC unit, then cover the outside of it with an insulating wrap. This will help prevent creatures from nesting inside and prevent warm air from escaping your home.
Deep Clean Your Home
Deep cleaning your home is a good way to enter the colder months. Clean out your kitchen drains, remove any old food from the fridge, and clean your fridge’s coils! It’s a great chance to finish any decluttering you may have started in the summer. Change your air filters if you have them. If you plan to use your fireplace, get your chimney cleaned by a professional. Get these cleaning tasks done before you bundle up for the season!
Check Up on Your Home Insurance
One of the easiest ways to prepare for fall and winter is to check your home insurance. Call your agent to make sure that your home is ready for the colder weather. If there have been any changes in your life recently, you should update your agent. And if there are any gaps in coverage, now is the time to address them! You never know what could happen during the winter, so take charge now and get insurance to help protect your home!