Home Maintenance Checklist in Preparation for Fall

You know Fall is coming when the air becomes cooler and the leaves turn a lovely fiery hue. Every change of season requires a change in our activities and needs, too. Before summer ends, it is highly recommended to do a seasonal maintenance to make sure that the house is able to function well despite the extreme change in weather. Lack of preparation will put your safety and the house’s durability at risk. It also helps prevent future damage.

Indoor Maintenance

  • Check the edges of doors and windows for drafts. What you could do is to hold up a lighted candle in front of the edges and watch for flickering. If the flame flickers, there is air coming in. Caulk these spots to prevent cold air and moisture from coming in.
  • Hang thicker and heavier curtains or drapes. These provide better insulation, keeping the house warm until winter comes.
  • Hire an HVAC professional to perform tests in your home to check for leaks. Have them check the furnace and see if it works efficiently and if it needs a filter replacement. If you have an air conditioner, cover it up or remove it to prevent air leaks.
  • Test and clean smoke detectors, carbon monoxide devices, and humidifiers.

Outdoor Maintenance

  • Cover up the swimming pool. This involves more than just putting a cover on it. If you need help, hire a pro to check the water level and pH balance.
  • Perform patio, driveway, or pool deck repairs before the fall season starts. This way, the slab is protected against any damage that fall and winter may cause. If there is existing damage, patio, driveway, or pool deck overlays can cover it up, giving it a new look and better function.
  • Check the roofs, gutters, and downspouts. Do the necessary repairs and clear it of any dirt or debris to prevent blockage and leaks.
  • Pile up on firewood, enough to use through fall and winter. Clean up the chimney, too, to remove any flammable debris that may be stuck in there.
  • Trim tree branches especially if they hang loose or too close to the roof. Frequent winds and rains could cause those to snap off and fall on the roof or somewhere around the backyard.
  • Store summer outdoor furniture. Make sure to clean the furniture and cushions, if it has any, and dry them thoroughly before putting them in storage.