Fall is the perfect time to take care of the little things around your house that actually make a huge difference. We want to remind you of the following home maintenance tasks so that your home is running in tip top condition. Most of these tasks are well within the average person’s ability, however if you hire a professional- it is well worth the expense.
Let’s take a look some fall home maintenance tasks:
Clean the gutters
After the leaves have fallen, inspect and clean out your gutters and downspouts. Then flush with water and inspect any joints, brackets may need to be tightened. Clogged gutters can lead to water in your basement and damaged exterior surfaces. It is easy to have your gutters covered with a mesh guard before the leaves fall to prevent debris from the first place.
Seal gaps and cracks
Sealing gaps and cracks around your windows and doors is very helpful in retaining heat. Weather-stripping is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduces drafts and keep your home comfortable.
Inspect your roof
Inspecting your roof from top to bottom is very crucial. Checking it now for leaks is one hundred times easier than finding the source of the problem during the ice and winter winds. Use binoculars if necessary to check for ridge shingle cracks and any damage to metal flashing in valleys and around vents/chimneys.
Look for cracks in your driveway/walkway
Damaged walkways, driveways, and steps are a hazard year-round; however the hazards are even more dangerous when ice appears. Cracks, more than 1/8 inch wide should be filled as soon as possible. Fixing problems in the fall is essential in preventing small problems from turning into big headaches.
Check your furnace
It is suggested to have your furnace inspected once a year by a professional. A quick tip is to get this done in early fall to beat the rush. However, look out for noisy belts, poor performance, and erratic behavior as these are indicator that you need to replace your furnace sooner rather than later.
Fire escape plan
During fall, review with your family what to do in the event of a fire. Arrange a safe meeting place down the road that everyone is aware of. Remember, every bedroom should have two exit pathways. Make sure no windows are blocked by furniture or other items.
Fall is another great time of year to catch up on some home maintenance tasks. Make sure to inspect your home on a regular basis to ensure that it is safe and ready for winter. There are many more fall maintenance tips you can follow, but this is a great start to preparing your house for those cold winter months.
Better Homes and Gardens (www.bhg.com)