During this time when summer is winding down, but Fall hasn’t quite set in, it’s a good idea to take on some home maintenance projects. Fall is a critical a season for preparing your home to withstand the potentially harsh winter weather and temperature conditions that may await you. The steps you take now can help protect your home and property from more potentially expensive damage and emergency repairs in the colder months to come.
Following are some home maintenance tips to help you prepare for the coming winter:
- HVAC - vacuum & dust; shut off, clean, and cover A/C until Spring, have the heating system serviced (always do in Fall)
- Garden - rake leaves & dispose of mulch
- Smoke & carbon monoxide detectors - check batteries
- Range hood fan- check & clean
- Garbage disposal - crush ice (sharpens), baking soda and citrus fruit rinds (freshens)
- Plumbing - check for leaks on supply lines to sinks and toilets
- Weatherstripping & windows - check all caulking for separations & cracks, re-caulk
- Fridge - test door tightness (use a dollar bill and pull it out of fridge after closing the door on it.)
- Fireplace & chimney - inspect & clean
We hope you find these Fall home maintenance tips helpful. Most of these tasks typically take just a few hours or less to complete and can help you get your home ready for fall, both inside and out.
Once you've completed these chores, you'll be ready to enjoy the cool weather, the fall holidays and fun times with family and friends!