Nearly everyone is familiar with spring cleaning, but most rarely think about the fall equivalent. Just as important as spring cleaning, a fall maintenance checklist can help keep your home from being damaged or losing heat in the winter. It can also keep your home and yard looking in the best shape possible. Once the leaves start to change, follow this fall maintenance checklist to reduce your winter work load.
This is the time of year to get your heating unit checked. It’s likely been unused over the summer months so you’ll want to have a professional come in to make sure the unit is working properly. It’s also a good idea to have any duct work checked for leaks or damage. This will help save a bit on your heating bill and increase the heating unit’s life.
Duct work isn’t the only place a leak can spring up. Redo the caulking around windows, vents and doors. This will help keep the heated air in your home and reduce the amount of stress on your heating unit. It’ll also help keep cool breezes from blowing through. Check the roof for loose shingles and any damage to keep water from getting in and warm air from escaping.
Check the water pipes in your home. Look for any leaks and repair any that you find. Take this time to prepare pipe insulation for indoor and outdoor pipes before cold weather sets in. The insulation can save you a lot of trouble from frozen pipes. Also redo the caulking around the bathtub and sinks to keep water from seeping into the walls or counters.
All the beautiful fall colors collecting in your yard are nice to look at but all those could lead to some pesky problems. Dying foliage and other debris stacking up around your home makes an ideal home for a host of insects and other creepy crawlers. These pests often find their way into your home during cooler weather. Keep leaves raked up and away from your house to reduce the risk of infestations.
This is an important time for keeping gutters clean. With all the leaves and debris blowing around, gutters can get clogged or damaged easily. Rain water can overflow out of clogged gutters and create a mess of your yard.
The final thing on the fall maintenance checklist is pretty simple. Look around your home and determine what winter supplies you need to restock. Do you have an alternative heat source and fuel for that source? Enough batteries for flashlights? Once you’ve figured out what you need, consider gathering it all together in one place for easy access when it’s needed.