Fall Home Maintenance Checklist
Playing with the kids in the piles of leaves is hallmark experience of fall. But, it is important to make sure that your yard and home are ready for the autumn weather. Apart from raking the leaves, there are some outdoor safety and home maintenance things to consider. Use this checklist to make sure that your home is ready for autumn!
- Rake the leaves – fallen leaves can prevent your lawn from growing once spring rolls back around. They can also be a hazard if you have young ones running around the yard.
- Tend trees and shrubs – make sure that there are no dangerous or precarious branches hanging around. Once snow falls, it could cause branches to fall and they can damage your home or property
- Bring outdoor furniture inside – the cold weather can damage your furniture. Bring it inside for storage before the bad weather hits.
- Clean your gutters – leaves can get stuck in your gutters. Clean them out to help avoid flood and water damage. If needed, call a professional. Going onto your roof is not safe.
- Shut off the water to exterior faucets and hoses – To help protect your pipes from freezing, make sure that the water supply to outdoor areas is off. You should also bring your garden hose in to help ensure longevity.
- Prep your sidewalks, stairs, and railings – pathways can become slippery with leaves and icy conditions. Keep walkways and stairs clear at all times.
- Clean your Chimney – before you start burning fires in the fireplace, get it maintenance. A good clean and checkup can help keep fireplace fires from causing damage to your home.
- Fix cracks in your driveway – a small crack and easily turn into a big crack throughout fall and winter. Take measures now to prevent this and repair cracks before they turn into a larger issue.
- Check your roof – throughout the fall and winter, your roof could sustain damage from the harsh climate. If there is anything wrong with your roof, get it fixed before snowfall. In winter, you do not want a small problem to turn catastrophic because snow exacerbated the issue.
- Look for gaps by windows and doors – small gaps can cause huge amounts of energy loss. Check by windows and doors to make sure there isn’t air escaping. If you do find gaps, you can use weather-strips to alleviate the problem.
- Check your alarms – fire alarms and carbon monoxide alarms should have their batteries changed once a year. Now is a great time to do that. They help to protect your family and alert you of dangerous gas or fire.
- Talk to your insurance agent – Now is a great time to talk to your agent about your coverages. They can help you find the coverage to best protect your family and your home. If you need to update your policies or have any questions, your agent can help!
Make sure your home is ready this fall! This checklist can help get your home prepared for some colder weather. And don’t forget talk to your insurance agent! They can help you find the insurance coverage you need for the upcoming seasons!