The fall season is quickly approaching which means pumpkin spice lattes, Halloween, comfy sweaters, and leaves trickling in the wind. But the cooler temperatures are coming, and when the seasons change so do our activities and needs for our home. Seasonal home maintenance is necessary to get your home ready to take on the colder climate. These are the 7 things that you need to do in order to get your home ready for fall. Don’t be caught unprepared; a little bit of work now can save you the hassle of costly repairs and irritation later.
Step 1: Exterior maintenance is a crucial step in the process of home preparation for the coming months. Your home’s exterior takes the hardest hit in terms of dealing with storm damage and cooler weather. Begin by inspecting your external walls/siding for chipped paint, blisters, and or cracks. If you see any of this type of damage, have it fixed immediately before you have a larger problem come springtime. The experts at 123 Exteriors are more than happy to come out and give your home an inspection. Save time and stress and let the professionals give you an honest assessment.
Step 2: Cleaning the gutters is not an enjoyable task, but it is necessary. In order to make sure your gutters are cleaned thoroughly all leaves, nests, and debris must be removed. You can use a trowel or a shovel to get everything out. Once all of the gutter debris has been removed, check that the gutter spikes and rivets are stable and replace any that are loose or have been washed away. To ensure your gutters are as clean as possible, give them a pressure wash. Potential leaking could occur. If that is the case, you may need new gutters, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Having your gutters inspected by professionals is recommended.
Step 3: If you have a fireplace or wood-burning stove, stock up on dry and ready to burn firewood. Make sure the wood is stored outside and away from the house to ensure maximum safety. Having enough firewood for the entire season is important in case the electricity goes out and you are forced to use your fireplace to create heat to warm your family. Also, wood-burning stoves can bring your home warmth and atmosphere. Make sure that your wood-burning stove is regularly inspected. You can check them by inspecting the stovepipes, checking safety features, and looking for corrosion and cracks. Make sure to have a fire extinguisher inside your home, and smoke detectors that work as well.
Step 4: Step 4 is arguably the most important step on your fall exterior preparation checklist. Autumn is the season of heavy rainfall, excessive winds, and even snowstorms! That’s why it’s important to make sure that your roof is able to withstand all conditions. You can start by doing a visual inspection yourself from the ground. However, if you want a complete and accurate inspection doing it from the ground won’t cut it. If you don’t know what you are looking for, damage can easily be missed. This is when exterior professionals come in handy. They will spot any and all loose, missing, or damaged shingles. Make sure to ask for photos of any damage that is found! Rain valleys can also be problematic for roofs come fall, because that is where rain and snowfall tend to collect. And for those who have tiled roofs, cracked and chipped tiles can be a problem and might need to be replaced.
Step 5: Step five is preparing your doors and doorways. It is important to check the caulks and seals around all doors to make sure that no heat is escaping. Even though it’s not quite winter yet, fall is just the beginning of the potential snow and zero degree temperatures. Allowing this heat to seep through the cracks only adds to a chillier home and rising heating bill. Also it’s necessary to pay close attention to the foundation of your home. Bugs can get in through cracks when they get cold, so it’s a good idea to set traps in your basement to avoid infestation. Finally caulk and weather strip areas that need it.
Step 6: Sidewalks. Cracks and damage to your sidewalks can be hazardous all year long, but even more so when you can’t even see them. Don’t fall through the cracks; fix your sidewalk before it turns into an expensive headache when it freezes over. When you inspect your sidewalks you need to look for cracks that are more than 1/8th of an inch wide, uneven sections of the sidewalk, and loose railings on your steps. It’s also wise to check for disintegration of asphalt and washed out materials on loose-fill paths. Most of these jobs can be DIY jobs, but it’s probably best to call a professional that you know will do the job the right way the first time.
Step 7: Lawn care is vital to healthy grass and a beautiful home. Begin by raking and removing leaves from the ground. If you have a compost pile, this is the ideal place to put them. If not, put it in a yard bag and leave it on the curb for your community trash service to handle. Next, you should apply fertilizer to your lawn. Fertilizer will prevent winter damage to your lawn and spring weeds from growing. It is important to do your research before picking a fertilizer, so you know how much you need and when it should be applied.
Don’t forget to take the time to give your home some tender loving care to make sure it is prepared for the coming autumn months. Taking these precautious steps now will save money, time, and hassle later. It is also beneficial to you as a homeowner to keep up with seasonal exterior maintenance, because it enhances the value and appeal of your home, as well as the property value. When the chilly weather comes, make sure your home is ready. And if you are in need of an exterior home inspection call the experts at 123 Exteriors.