5 Steps to Prepare Your Home for Fall

November 19, 2018

The Fall season is on its way, and with it comes cooler weather, falling leaves, and some beautiful scenery.  With the changing of the seasons however, it’s wise to check your home and see what maintenance may be needed for the new weather.  Taking the necessary steps to ensure that your home is healthy and protected from the elements can save you a lot of stress in the long run.  So what steps do you need to take to prevent a problem before it becomes a disaster for your home?

1. Check Your Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Monitors

It’s an essential step in keeping your home safe that many home owners dismiss.  Checking on your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors is such a minor chore but it’s quite common for home owners to put it off for far too long.  Check that they are both working properly by testing them and change out the batteries.  If you haven’t gotten fire monitoring protection for your home, it should definitely be something you consider.  It can reduce the risk of damage to your home and save lives.

2. Inspect Your Air Conditioning and Furnace Units

You likely haven’t used the heating system for your home in quite some time, and while the you aren’t using it, it’s the best time to have it inspected.  Have someone clean it out and inspect for any damages like cracks or dirty filters, and you’ll end up saving money on the electric bill and protect your home from a fire risk.  Likewise, your air conditioning has likely been running all summer long.  Getting anything fixed or replaced now is far more ideal than waiting for next summer when you’ll want to crank up the AC.

3. Seal Up Your Home

Once the cold weather finally arrives, you don’t want to have drafty windows.  Check for drafts around the edges of windows and doors in your home.  Make any repairs necessary and you could end up saving quite a bit on your electric bill!  If you want a neat trick for finding any drafts, light a candle and hold the flame along the seals of your windows.  If the light flickers, you’ve most likely got a draft on your hands!   Additionally, if your home doesn’t have a programmable thermostat, you should consider purchasing one.  Programming your thermostat to lower its settings while you aren’t home can reduce your power bill.

4. Check Your Roof and Clean Your Gutters

You can do a simple visual inspection of your roof or hire someone to handle the task.  If you’re taking care of it yourself, check for any missing, damaged, or loose shingles.  Inspect your ladder before using it if you are planning to climb up to take a closer look.  If there are any structural damages to the ladder, it’s base, or on the steps, DO NOT use it.  Cleaning your gutters will make sure they are prepared for fall, and gives you the opportunity to inspect for any leaks.  

5. Organize Your Garage

There’s a lot to be done in your garage leading into fall.  Firstly, have any summer vehicles you’ll likely not be using (motorcycle, summer car, ATV) serviced before storing them.  Inspect your lawnmower blades to see if they need to be sharpened.  If your lawnmower or trimmer need to have oil changed or any other repairs, it’s best to get it done now.  Lastly, if you have a generator for power outages, make sure it’s still in working order.  The worst time to find out it’s in need of repairs is when you need it the most.

 

While proper home maintenance can be a chore, it’s always best to be proactive.  Putting forth the effort to do these steps early can keep your home in good shape and save you from disasters later on in the year!

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