If spring is the time for cleaning, fall is the time for maintenance. But there are lots of things homeowners forget to do and mistakes that are made once autumn comes around.
Here are 22 fall maintenance tips every homeowner should take care of:
1) Sidewalk Cracks
2) Test Your Carpet Cleaner
3) Clear Leaves From the Gutters
4) Switch Out Your Light Bulbs
5) Turn Your Sprinklers On At the Proper Time
6) Clean With Water Pressure
7) Tree Pruning
Trees and shrubbery can grow rapidly over the summer, so you’ll want to do some pruning when the time is right. Many people think to start this as soon as fall starts but that’s not the case. Never prune a tree before it’s dormant. You can seriously damage a tree if you prune it while it still has leaves on it. You’ll want to hold off on this until early winter.
8) Touch Up Your Exterior
9) Add Insulation
When fall comes around you’ll want to make sure that your house is properly insulated before the cooler temperatures set in. Fall is the perfect time to add extra insulation. Just be sure that you’re not covering up any of your soffit vents as they maintain the flow of fresh air into your attic.
10) Caulk and Seal Gaps
Fall is the time to patch holes, caulk up gaps, and make sure your windows and doors aren’t drafty. This will help keep you and your family warm and your heating bill down in the winter.
11) Change the Batteries in Your Alarms
Since you will already be changing the time on your clocks, you might as well use this time to change all of the batteries in your fire and carbon monoxide alarms to keep your family safe.
12) Check Your Furnace and Replace Your Filter
You’ll want to make sure that your furnace is working in optimal condition before you need to use it. In addition, you’ll want to clean and or replace your furnace filters. This will help your furnace to work properly.
13) Clean Out Your Chimney
Winter is the time when we use our fireplaces. Creosote can build up in your fireplace’s flue and lead to a chimney fire so you’ll want to make sure that you have your chimney cleaned out properly in the fall.
14) Conduct Roof Maintenance
Winters can be harsh on your roof as it will dump heavy snow and ice onto it. It’s best to make sure your roof’s structural integrity is intact and that repairs are made if necessary in the fall. Just never reuse roofing materials. This can sabotage your repair efforts and increase damage to your roof.
15) Guard Your House Against Critters
16) Rushing Interior Decor
17) Don’t Leave The Outdoor Unattended
18) Turn Off The Power When Doing Electrical Work
19) Pay Attention To Washer And Dryer
20) Make Sure Your Windows And Doors Are Efficient
21) Sprinkler Heads That Spray Against Home
22) Failing To Use Bathroom and Laundry Vent Fans
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