7 Ways to Ready Your Home for Fall
Fall is here, and though summer is still winding down in some parts of the country, cool temperatures and harsh weather will arrive soon enough. Now’s the time to get your house in order, and ensure it’s prêt for the season. Read on for seven ways to ready your home for fall.
Clearing your gutters and downspouts is an essential fall task, as clogged gutters can cause damage to the exterior of your home (if roof drainage is not diverted) and lead to water in your basement. Flush your gutters with water and tighten any loose brackets. Then cover them with mesh leaf guards to prevent debris from collecting.
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When was the last time you painted the exterior of your home? A quality paint job done by professionals should last between four and seven years. If you’re due, consider painting now: Cooler (but not cold) temperatures and low humidity make fall a great time to paint the exterior of your home.
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Changes in temperature and humidity can cause windows and doors to expand and contract, and crack or shrink, resulting in leaks and drafts. Check for these leaks by holding a lit stick of incense by the seams and seeing if smoke flows through. If you find any cracks in your windows or doors, caulk them or install weather stripping around them.
While you’re at it, replace your screens with storm windows as extra insulation for the coming winter.
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Sorry folks, but it’s time to say goodbye to summer. Store your outdoor furniture, pool toys, and the like to prevent it from damage by winter weather. If you have a pool, examine your pool cover for any holes, cracks, or other serious flaws, and if need be, replace it. You should also bring in any potted plants that will freeze on your lawn, and store your gardening tools and hoses, which could rust or freeze during winter.
A leaky roof can be a homeowner’s worst nightmare. Inspect yours from top to bottom before the harsh weather hits to save yourself a major headache. Use a pair of binoculars to scan for cracks and wind damage, missing or warped shingles, and damage to the metal around vents and chimneys.
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No matter how often you use your fireplace, you should inspect it at least every fall for hazards and damage. Creosote—a combination of wood tar, vapors, and moisture buildup that is the flammable by-product of burning wood—can build up and clog your chimney. If ignited, it can be the cause of a devastating fire—no one wants that! So have your flue inspected by a chimney sweep; any deposits or blockages should be cleaned by a professional.
While you’re at it, check to see that your damper is working properly and that your flue cap is in place.
Lisa Romerein for C Home
Do you have a garden? Fall is the time to remove dead annuals and mulch hardy perennials so that they’ll survive winter’s extreme temperatures.
What other home maintenance tasks are you taking on this season? Share below in the comments.