As we barrel towards the winter season, we want to ensure our home is ready. Fall is a great time to take care of some annual maintenance on your home. Additionally, if you live in a cold climate, knocking a few items off the list involving the exterior of your home while the weather is still bearable will make winterizing your home easier.
Print out our checklist for Fall Home Maintenance and knock off a few things every weekend during these upcoming weeks and you’ll have given your home some great TLC!
Windows and Doors
1. Visual check. Look for cracks, gabs, loose notches, rotting wood and rusting tracks and make repairs or replacements.
2. Seal the deal. Check the areas around all windows and doors. Replace or add sealing as needed to trap heat inside the house and help lower your heating bills.
Gutters & Downspouts
3. Clean the gutters. Leaves and debris can cause water to get backed up in your gutters and downspouts, which can lead to problems. Wood rot and pest infestations can result from messy gutters.
4. Check for trapped water. Check for water that may be getting trapped behind your gutters and downspouts.
5. Check for pooling water. Pooling water at and around the spouts of your gutters can cause foundation problems.
6. Roofing. Have your roof inspected by a professional for leaks and any needed replacements.
7. Perimeter check. Check siding, foundation, gates and so on for areas that might need to be repaired before winter.
8. Guard against nuisances. Mice, squirrels, and the like will be looking for a place to escape the cold weather. Check for any holes and block any potential entrances to your home.
9. Path check. Check for uneven gaps or cracks on walkways, sidewalk and driveways that could lead to injury when walking on ice and snow.
10. Inspect your deck. Replace missing or rusted bolts, rotted boards and rails. Cold, wet weather can make the damage worse and cause injury if a board or rail falls apart.
11. Check outdoor lighting. Darkness falls early in winter – poor lighting can cause injury when walking in winter conditions. Put fresh bulbs in all exterior lights and add extra lighting along pathways if needed.