There are a lot of reasons to love fall! Sure it means winter is coming, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun first. Of course, once you’ve eaten a few caramel apples, jumped into several leaf piles, and set out your favorite autumn decorations, it’s time to get down to work. Here are a few different ways that you can prep your home this fall to ensure you’re winter-ready!
Put Your Mind in the Gutter: Are you in there? You see those leaves and branches piled up from spring and summer storms? It’s time to clear them out! You’ll want your drainage system to be prepped and ready for the winter runoff that’s sure to happen. Diverting the gallons and gallons of water away from your home’s roof and foundation is necessary for long-term home health. Plus, dirty gutters are far more likely to rust or corrode away. Don’t enjoy cleaning gutters? Hire a pro to do it and request they install mesh guards to help keep debris at bay.
Double Check the Roof: Have you put off a roof inspection? Fall and spring are the best times to get ahead of any potential roof leaks, so take the time to look for any potential problems. Missing, loose, or damaged shingles should be replaced as soon as possible. Check carefully for any cracks as well as wind damage and inspect your gutters for a buildup of roof granules, a sign that your roof is losing its coating and likely needs to be replaced.
Check for Gaps: Don’t let your home become drafty this fall and winter. Instead take some time to check for any cracks or holes around doors, windows, and even the foundation of your home. Gaps in your caulk or weather stripping may be the cause of an increased heating bill as the season brings cooler temperatures.
Inspect Your Concrete: Unsightly, broken up concrete may be a small problem in the spring and summer–but it can be a liability in the fall and winter. If your driveway or sidewalk is incredibly cracked or if it’s starting to crumble, make the repairs as soon as possible. Check for cracks larger than ⅛ inch wide, uneven sections of walkway, and loose railings. The good news is that smaller jobs are well within the realm of DIY–just speak to your local hardware store representative about materials you may need.
Dry Off: In the warmer months, we’re drawn to water. From watering our lawns to filling up the kiddie pool, outdoor hoses and faucets see their fair share of use in the spring and summer. This fall, do yourself a favor and drain the lines. This will help to prevent your pipes from freezing in the winter, something that can happen much easier than you might think.
Update Your Furnace Filter: Ah, the bi-annual inspection of your furnace! You made sure that everything was ready to go into hibernation this past spring, but now it’s time to make sure your furnace is all systems go for the winter. Be sure that you’ve installed a clean furnace filter for the cooler months ahead. Turn on your furnace and be aware of any unusual sounds or smells that could suggest an issue. It’s better to get it fixed now as opposed to waiting until heat is a necessity.
Clear Away Clutter: With fall and winter comes more and more STUFF. Boots by the door. Coats tossed over chairs. School books on the table. Laptops, tablets, and mobile phones on your countertops. Think ahead for what your family might need to cut down on clutter this fall and keep your home looking clean. Install a coat rack next to your home's main entrance and exit. Place a basket for your family to place muddy shoes. You can even install a Docking Drawer to keep technology charged up and out of the way.
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