Maintaining your home for fall and winter season is something most people forget to do. To prevent any permanent or lasting damages to your home, we've gathered some easy hacks and reminders in a checklist to follow so you can get it done before the weather makes it difficult and that you can sit back and enjoy the seasons comfortably.
1. Rake your leaves
Every few days, it's best to rake the leaves that start to pile up on your lawn and backyard. It usually takes around 6-12 months for the leaves on your lawn to decompose, so if you leave them, it's possible that they could stay there until next fall season! Raking your leaves frequently will also prevent them from staining the concrete and ground around your home.
2. Chimney sweep
Before lighting your fireplace or chimney, the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends that you get your fireplace checked once a year for soundness, freedom of deposits, and correct clearness. Doing this can prevent accumulating soot and creosote buildup.
3. Clean your gutters
Your gutter serves as the control of rainwater and is meant to protect your roof, walls, and foundation. If you're not comfortable with being on a ladder, we recommend hiring a professional to clean your gutters or downspouts. A debris-clogged gutter can lead to a leaky roof or even water damage to the interior or exterior of your home.
4. Sealing holes or gaps
To prevent any critters, bugs, or little rodents from keeping warm in your house this season, eyeball the exterior of your home to see if you do have any holes or gaps. If you do find some, you have the option to seal it off with some plywood or putty, or even hiring a professional to get the job done for you.
5. Cut back on sprinkler usage
During the fall season that consists of cold and rain weather, nature does its work in watering your lawn for you. Minimize your sprinkler usage by checking weather forecast and cutting back on how many times a day your sprinklers are activated. This can help by lessening your water bill and give you a little extra cash to spend on your loved ones this upcoming holiday season.
6. Add weather stripping to doors and windows
Sealing up doors and windows is relatively easy and it will help make a big impact on your electric bill. Your home feel warmer and the time your furnace is running will be reduced.
We hope you enjoy our tips to prepare your home for this fall and winter season!