Any change in season is the perfect opportunity to get some maintenance projects checked off your list. To help get you started, check out the following list and begin checking them off one by one.
1. Start with the Grounds
Fall means leaves. There's no getting away from them. For this reason, one of the first projects to tackle this season is: Raking! I know this can sound like a huge chore, but there's always an option to involve the kids and make it fun. I mean, who doesn't love playing in leaves? #amiright
In lieu of raking, you could also just mow over the leaves once a week. According to research, this breaks down the leaves and will provide nutrients to your yard. Whatever you decide, do not just ignore the leaves piling up in your yard as this can lead to an even bigger headache as the days get colder.
2. Focus on Gutters & Downspouts
With the seasons turning a lot wetter, your gutters and downspouts will need to be cleaned. As much as possible, keep them clear of leaves and debris before winter sets in. It's not fun (or cheap) to have to deal with clogged and frozen gutters and downspouts.
3. Have Furnace and/or Chimney Professionally Checked
With temperatures all over the place, it's bound to get colder when furnaces and chimneys are about to get more use. Before putting them through the ringer, have them serviced by a professional. A furnace running in tip-top shape means saving on power consumption.
For the same reason, having the chimney inspected and cleaned is also another home maintenance project that you must focus on this fall. Before using any equipment that gives off heat, it is essential to have them checked thoroughly first.
4. Seal Any Hole(s) to Keep House Warm
Okay, so not those 'Seals' (although, they would be much more fun)
Weatherstriping is a must-do when the leaves start turning a more golden hue. With the weather becoming damper, you don't want any of the outside elements affecting the quality of your home and your life.
To be safe, get some mold testing done before sealing the windows, door frames, AC unit windows, and other openings. Having indoor molds can pose a large health threat for the whole family.
5. Have Dryer Vent Inspected and Cleaned
Dryers cause several thousand fires each year. Many of these disasters happen during the colder months. Do you know why? A lot of the times, it's due to lint that has piled up in the dryer vents throughout the year. Because of the cold weather, static electricity increases and can ignite a fire in the dryer. Use this time to clean the dryer vents (both inside the dryer and leading out of your home). Many duct specialists can take care of dryers efficiently and make your home safer during the colder months.
6. Stock Up on Winter Supplies
It would be unfortunate to be caught up in unfriendly weather with nothing to help keep everyone in the family warm and safe. Stocking up is a fall home maintenance project that is especially urgent for those who live in a place with harsh winters. Stock up on: snow shovels, ice scrapers, emergency kits for the car/home, and ice melt that's pet and plant-friendly. Purchasing these items before they are needed will ensure you have what you need when the time is right.
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