It’s hard to believe that fall is around the corner when we can’t seem to get out of the 90 degree heat during the day, but alas, fall is coming and it’s better to prepare your home for the cooler temperatures now than when they are actually upon us. Below is a list of reminders for getting your home ready for fall!
Inspect trees. Make sure to have any trees cut down or trimmed that are near your house or roofline that could cause damage in a storm.
Clean the gutters. Cooler weather typically brings rainy days, so make sure your gutters are free and clear prior to all of the leaves falling.
Inspect siding. The last thing you want is to have a hole in the side of your house that’s letting unwanted air or rain inside. Take a walk around your house and make any necessary repairs to your siding.
Stock up on firewood. Whether you order it or search for it yourself, make sure to replenish your stockpile and store it in a safe place away from the house.
Check the chimney and fireplace. You should do this once a year anyway, but definitely have your chimney and fireplace inspected by a professional to make sure it’s in good working condition.
Check for drafts. Don’t waste money by heating the outside! Caulk doorways and add insulation to areas around windows and doors where you can feel air coming through.
Have your furnace inspected. Have a professional come out and inspect your heater. It will be cheaper to maintain it on the front end than to have to replace it when the cold weather hits. Also stock up on air filters and change them periodically.
Service summer yard equipment. Once you do the last mow of the yard and trimming of the hedges this summer, empty out and clean up your yard equipment that it’s in good working order for when spring rolls back around.
These are just a few things to start thinking about as you are enjoying your last days of summer and getting your home ready for fall!