It’s official! Fall is here. As we move deeper towards the winter months, now is the time to start preparing your home and yard for winter. This will not save you the headache of trying to get things done before the snow flies, but will give you time to make any necessary repairs as needed.
To help give you a head start, here are 5 things to start doing now.
- Focus on your gutters. Throughout the year, dirt and debris can build up in your gutters and clog them up. Now is the time to clean out your gutters and downspouts so they are ready for the long winter months ahead.
- Check your roof for problems. You don’t want to find out you have a leak in your roof come January. Take some time now to inspect your roof for any damage, corrosion, or curled shingles. If you see any issues or have leaky vents, make sure to hire a professional to get these issues addressed.
- Change out your filters. While you’re going over your fall maintenance to-do list, make sure you add replacing your furnace filters to your list. This is a good habit to get into so you go into the winter season with a clean vent that is working properly. While you’re changing out your filters, also check your furnace to ensure it’s running at it’s best. Again, you don’t want to find out your heat isn’t working in the dead of winter.
- Replace batteries in your smoke alarms. Use this time to go through your home and replace all the batteries in your smoke alarms. This is a good habit to get into for both the Fall and Spring months to ensure the safety of your family and home.
- Clean out your chimneys. Many house fires are, in part, due to chimney’s not being cleaned out properly. Take this time now, before you start that fire in your fireplace, to make sure the chimney is cleaned of any muck and other elements which can easily ignite.
What are some things you do to winterize and maintain your home for Fall? Tell us about your fall maintenance routine below in the comments.