As the first flakes of snow have already made an appearance, it’s time to get your home ready for winter!
Check out our Fall Home Maintenance Checklist to help you avoid costly repairs and keep your home comfortable and in great condition throughout the coming seasons.
FALL HOME MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST
• Check for Drafts: Move a lighted candle along the edges of windows, doors, and moldings; if the flame flickers, there’s probably a draft.
• Clean out eves troughs once all the leaves have fallen and make any necessary repairs.
• Check Home Safety Devices: Replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, recharge fire extinguishers, and test for radon.
• Clean and Install Storm Windows and Doors, Clean Gutters
• Clean Humidifiers: Replace old filters. Soak interiors with undistilled white vinegar and scrub with a soft-bristle brush.
• Compost Autumn Leaves: Start your own compost pile with fall leaves and other garden debris.
• Disinfect Flowerpots: Soak in a solution of one part bleach to 10 parts water, scrub with a stiff brush, and dry thoroughly before storing.
• Have Your Chimney Inspected and Cleaned by a Chimney Sweep
• Have Your Furnace Inspected
• Hire a professional to check for leaks, replace filters, and condition the system.
• Inspect Trees: Now that the branches are bare, check for limbs that interfere with power lines or come too close to the roof.
After last year’s ice storm, many people learned the hard way how important it is to maintain your trees!!
• Organize the Shed: Remove any liquids that will freeze in the winter.
• Prepare Flowers: Deadhead annuals and perennials regularly to groom and promote blooming. Wrap roses and other fragile shrubs with burlap; after the soil freezes, mulch garden beds to prevent the soil from heaving.
• Remove Window Air-Conditioning Units: Clean filters, and drain the units of water before storing them.
• Service Sprinklers: Have system drained and serviced by a professional, and flag any heads to prevent damage during snow removal.
• Turn Off Faucets and Roll Hoses; Store for the Season
• Wash Porch and Patio Floors: Thoroughly sweep, and then scrub floors with a long-handled brush and mixture of all-purpose cleaner and hot water.