As the seasons change, it's important to get your home and it's systems ready for the changing elements. Here is how to get your home ready for fall.
- Get on top of roof issues. Check for missing shingles or shingles that are cracked or wind damaged.
- Inspect walkways and driveway for cracks, uneven sections, and loose railings.
- Shut off outdoor water valves before the first freeze.
- Clean porch and deck furniture. Cover or store outdoor furniture and grills in a protected area.
- Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts. Cover with mesh guards to prevent debris build-up.
- Power wash the deck and apply a sealant to protect it from the elements of fall and winter.
- Hire a certified chimney sweep to ensure fireplace safety and efficiency.
- Test and change the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Call an HVAC professional to inspect and service your furnace.
- Change your furnace filters before turning on the heat.
- Clean humidifiers in your home during the heating season to prevent bacteria and mold growth.
- Seal drafts around windows and doors with weather stripping or caulking.
Lawn & Garden
- Drain garden hoses and store them inside.
- Fertilize the lawn with a high phosphorous mix to ensure healthy grass next spring.
- Plant spring bulbs and dig up summer bulbs before the first frost. Store bulbs in a cool, dry, and dark area until spring planting season
- Have damaged tree limb removed by a professional tree service.
- Trim back perennials that have turned yellow or brown.
Garage & Tools
- Weather-strip your garage door so there are no drafts.
- Organize your garage bringing out winter tools and storing summer lawn and garden necessities.
- Drain fuel from summer yard equipment like lawnmowers and weed eaters.