Fall is a great time to inspect your home, do some annual maintenance and make sure that everything is ready for winter. Here are some things you can do to prepare:
Check for any signs of damage or decay. Things to watch for are curling or missing shingles, corroded flashing or leaky vents. Call a professional for repairs or replacement if necessary.
- Roof Gutters:
After the leaves have fallen, inspect the gutters and clean out the debris.
This is a good time to clean the grill and burners. Don’t forget to disconnect the tank and store it.
Put away or cover lawn furniture, planters and accessories to keep it secure from the weather. Don’t forget the mower and any tools.
- Outdoor Hose and Irrigation Systems:
Drain any water from the hose after disconnecting it. Don’t forget to turn off water to the outdoor faucets. If you have a sprinkler system turn off the main valve and controller.
- House Exterior:
Take a walk around the exterior of your home and look for any cracks or gaps between the trim and siding. Be sure to check any other entry points for wires, vents etc. Seal any openings to prevent moisture from getting in and air from leaking out.
- Change the air filter. Be sure that the furnace is off while doing this.
- Check ducts/vents for dust build up and debris.
- It’s a good time to schedule a professional inspection before the weather gets cold.
- Doors and Windows:
Check interior and exterior seals on doors and windows for cracks. Seal with caulk or weather stripping.
- Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors:
Test the detectors and replace the batteries. Replace unit if necessary.
- Fire Extinguisher:
Check and replace if necessary.
Check out Better Homes and Gardens for more information and detailed instructions.