Fall is upon us and it is the perfect time to get your house in shape for the cooler months ahead. It’s one of the best times to take advantage of the moderate weather to repair any damages before the first frost sets in. Here are some home maintenance tips that will keep your home running in peak condition all winter long.
Install storm windows and doors
and remove screens. Before storing, clean and repair screens, and place in a dry area of the basement or garage.
Check foundation for cracks
and caulk around the areas where masonry meets siding, where pipes or wires enter the house, and around the windows and door frames to prevent heat from escaping. Caulking and sealing openings is one of the least expensive maintenance jobs.
Fall Homeowner Tips
Inspect the roof
for missing and loose shingles. Ice, rain, snow and wind combined with rapidly changing temperatures and humidity take a toll on roofs.
After leaves have fallen
clean out the gutters and downspouts, flush them with water, inspect joints, and tighten brackets if necessary. Clogged gutters are one of the major causes of ice dams. Replace damaged gutters with new ones that have built-in leaf guards.
Have your heating system checked
by a licensed heating contractor. Heating systems will use fuel more efficiently, last longer and have fewer problems if properly serviced.
Have your fireplace in working order
Also clean and inspect the glass door for cracks and have the chimney cleaned by a licensed chimney sweep.
Change the direction of your ceiling fan
to create an upward draft that redistributes warm air from the ceiling.
Test and change the batteries
in your smoke and carbon dioxide detectors and keep extra household batteries on hand.
your humidifiers regularly during the heating season.
Clean leaves from lawn
reseed patchy areas, and plant spring flowering bulbs.
Check your snow equipment
make sure that that all of your equipment is up and running before the first flurry falls.
Clean porch and deck furniture
and look for any needed repairs. Cover and store outdoor furniture and barbecues in a protected area.
excerpt from Homes blog