After searching homes for sale in Brentwood last spring, you found the home of your dreams and moved in. Now, you need to put down that pumpkin-spiced latte and get started on fall maintenance around your home. After all, those leaves aren’t going to rake themselves. Since you are a new homeowner, you might not be familiar with what has to be done. Here is a short list of fall maintenance to-dos.
Why is Fall Maintenance So Important?
This is a fair question with a simple answer: Seasonal maintenance will help keep your home in good shape and will save you money because you are more likely to spot small problems before they become huge headaches.
Clean the Gutters
Leaves and other debris accumulate in your gutters during the summer and clog them up. Water that can’t properly drain from your gutter will either spill over, possibly causing problems with your foundation or flooding and pooled water on your roof could leak into your attic. Either way, these are problems you don’t want to deal with. And while you are up there, check the condition of your roof, looking for damaged or missing shingles.
Cracks and Gaps
Check all of your windows and doors for gaps that could cause air to escape. If you do find gaps, buy some caulking and get them filled. While you might not think a small hole here and a small hole there is a big deal, small holes always turn into big holes.
Inspect the exterior of your home for peeling paint. Peeling paint is a sign that your existing paint is failing and no longer protecting the siding of your home. If this is ignored, you can expect expensive repairs in the years to come.
You will want to reverse your ceiling fans to create an upward draft the will redistribute the warm air. You also want to clean your humidifiers as bacteria and spores can develop and leave you with an unclean mist.
Clean Yard Equipment
Any lawn equipment you plan on storing for the winter will need to be cleaned.
Test Safety Devices
Now is the time to check smoke detectors, change out the batteries and ensure they are all working properly. You also want to check the expiration dates on any fire extinguishers you have.
If you have a fireplace, now is when you have it cleaned and make sure it is in good working order.
Check Your Insurance Coverage
Now is a good time to check your insurance coverage to see if it is enough to “weather the storm” so to speak.