Fall is a beautiful time of year. The weather cools down, the leaves change colors, and everything feels much lighter. If you are a homeowner, though, fall can also bring certain home maintenance issues that are important to address before they actually become a problem.
You can stay ahead of these issues by following some easy home maintenance tips that will get your home prepared for the change of season. If you stay on top of these things, you’ll be able to enjoy the beauty of fall without worrying about how it might impact your home in a negative way.
Below are 7 home maintenance tips for fall that we recommend.
Home Maintenance Tips for Fall
1. Trim Dead Branches and Collect Leaves
During the fall, a lot of trees will not only lose their leaves, but some of their branches will die, as well. Leaving them on the trees can leave you vulnerable to damage should a storm come through, rip them off, and send them hurtling through the air to cause damage to your property.
It’s also important to rake up the dead leaves that fall on your lawn. They can actually become so densely packed that they keep your lawn from getting sunlight and air, which can kill the grass. Keep the dead branches trimmed and the leaves collected and your lawn will be in great shape.
2. Clean the Gutters and Downspouts
Gutters and downspouts have a greater chance of becoming clogged up during the fall after summer storms have blown through and the leaves start falling as the season changes. Clean them out and make sure there are no cracks or damages.
3. Check Your Roof for Missing and Loose Shingles
You should inspect your roof at least a couple of times a year, but particularly during the fall/winter season when missing or loose shingles can affect how well your home is able to retain heat. Replace any tiles or shingles that aren’t secure so your home will be protected against the elements.
4. Caulk Your Windows
The caulk that seals your windows helps keep the rain out of your home and heat inside of it. Over time, caulking can get worn away by the elements so it’s important to inspect it before fall/winter to make sure it is intact and in good shape. It’s very inexpensive to pick up some caulk from your local hardware store and reseal your windows to be sure you’re set for the season.
5. Inspect Your Attic
The attic is another spot that can allow heat to escape if it’s not properly insulated. Check out the insulation to make sure there is enough of it and that it’s not falling apart. It’s also a good idea to look around for holes and entrance points where small animals could sneak in when the weather gets colder and they go searching for shelter. These critters can cause a lot of damage to your home once they are inside, so make sure the attic is secure.
6. Get a Professional Heating Inspection
One of the most important home maintenance tasks you should do for fall is to hire a professional heating inspector to look over your home. There are a lot of potential hazards you could be vulnerable to if any part of your home’s heating system isn’t in perfect working order. A professional will be able to see when something isn’t right that would go unnoticed by anyone else. Have them check out your fireplace, chimney, wood stove, and/or electric heating system.
7. Check Your Safety Devices
After your home’s heating system has been inspected, it’s still important to have safety devices in place in case anything does go wrong. This is the ideal time to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Test them and make sure they are working. If you don’t have carbon monoxide detectors, look into installing some in your home.