Time flies fast, and before you know it, the sweater weather will be here soon! And while we know you’re all excited for your favorite pumpkin spice lattes and the cooler weather, there’s still a lot of things to be done before the new season arrives– most especially for your home!
Wouldn’t it be a dream if all you needed to do to prepare your home for fall was hang a wreath and light a dozen apple cinnamon candles? But of course, while these are, indeed, crucial parts of getting ready for the changing season, there are far more important (and not so fun!) preps that come with owning a home.
Check out our Fall Home Preparedness Ultimate Checklist and tick off these to-dos before your house transitions from hot summer days to cold fall nights.
Clean or replace your gutters
It’s easy to forget about your gutters since you’re so used to them working properly, draining thousands of gallons of water from your roof yearly, but of course, they also need a little TLC, if anything.
De-gunk those clogged rain gutters of autumn leaves and twigs before it leads to expensive repairs in the winter! Tighten gutter hangers and downspout brackets to ensure that your gutters aren’t sagging and trapping water, and if you must, replace worn and damaged ones.
Check for any draft issues
Check if you have any draft issues inside your home by closing your door or window on a strip of paper. If the paper slides easily, you’ll need to update your weatherstripping.
Apply fresh weatherstripping around the frames of windows and doors to help boost warmth and cut energy costs! You can also add door sweeps to the base of drafty doors to keep heat in and the cold air out.
Drain those outdoor faucets
Make sure to turn off all outdoor faucets if you don’t want to deal with bursting pipes later on. Drain and disconnect all your garden hoses from outside spigots to prevent water freezing during the winter season!
Store your outdoor furniture
Outdoor furniture may be as durable as it comes, but it doesn’t mean that you should leave it outside through hurricane-like weather and storms! Taking care of your possessions and storing your outdoor furniture in a shed or garage cuts you unnecessary costs and helps you get another summer season out of it!
Change the filters
Got clogged filters? Well, that’s another thing in your house that may be costing you more money than it should be. Keep the temperature inside your home the way you want it to be WITHOUT adding to your heating bills by cleaning your filters monthly!
If you’ve got disposable filters, you can vacuum them one time before replacing them. If your using foam filters, you can’t replace them, but you can clean them as usual.
Fertilize your lawn
The best offense is a good defense! If you want to keep your lawn looking fresh and healthy in the spring and summer, you’ll need to do the necessary preps in advance! Fertilizing in the fall provides energy and nutrients for the grassroots as they multiply in the cold weather before it goes dormant.
Start working on your lawn about three weeks before the last mowing of the season and help roots store food for the winter, which will give the grass an initial growth spurt when it emerges in the spring!
Don’t forget the cracks in your driveway
Did you know that when water gets into the cracks in your driveway, it’ll freeze, expand, and make the crack even bigger? Yes, those small cracks can turn into big ones and eventually make the concrete crumble. You prefer a driveway without a giant pothole, right? So get on this tedious task and fill up those small cracks with concrete crack sealer, and be done with it!
Check all your winter equipment
Your future self will thank you when you’re stuck inside your home but don’t need to get your car out to buy a new snowblower because you forgot to test it out when you could. Check all your winter equipment now and make your life easier!
Change your batteries
If you’re not already checking all your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide at least once a year, then you should. Since you’re already in the process of testing everything else out, you might as well add this task on. Replace their batteries if necessary, and buy spare ones for winter!
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