Can you believe that the fall season is already upon us? Pumpkin spiced everything is on its way – with plenty of fun, food, and festivities for the whole family to enjoy! While that may not sound as fun as hayrides and corn mazes, it is crucial to ensure that your home stays in tip-top shape to host all of the fun holidays that lie ahead! If you are as excited about fall as we are, you may not be thinking in terms of how to prep your home for the season ahead.
1.) Seal cracks and crevices where cold air can enter, and prep your HVAC too.
Consider using caulk or weather stripping around doors and windows with gaps, replacing any items that may not make it through the colder months. Replace the air filters for your heating system and call your technician in for your seasonal maintenance. If you have a fireplace, have it swept, and keep firewood on hand in an area that is both dry and pest-free.
2.) Clean out your gutters every fall and spring to prevent any issues or damage.
While not the most exciting or easy task, cleaning your gutters is one of the most important. It is essential to clean your gutters before and after leaves start to fall off, the trees remain in good working order. If you don’t, your gutters could break entirely from the weight of debris, or water can overflow and begin to seep into your house.
3.) Clean up and clear out before the holidays approach – you’ll regret it if you don’t!
With fall comes the holiday season (which means other stuff making its way into your home). As such, it makes cleaning up and out that much more critical before your home becomes inundated with stuff. We recommend taking 10-15 minutes a day to target essential areas of clutter, getting rid of items you no longer need. Consider renting a self-storage unit nearby if you have too big belongings – such as sports equipment or seasonal decor.
4.) Prep the plumbing within your home for colder temperatures to come.
Before the temperatures begin to drop, drain all of the water from your outdoor faucets and garden hoses. The experts recommended that you drain your inground sprinkler pipes as well. Then, before winter, identify pipes within your home that may be prone to freezing, taking some of these steps so that they do not burst when temperatures go down.
So, before you start to celebrate the fall season, take some time to tend to your home:
• Seal cracks and winterizing your HVAC
• Clean out your gutters this fall and then again in the spring
• Get rid of clutter (renting a self-storage unit if space is an issue)
• Winterize your plumbing to avoid lofty repairs
By doing the above, you can enjoy all that autumn has to bring!
We wish you a happy fall!