Autumn is here…
Fall has arrived along with all the tell-tale signs of the season: mums, maple donuts, Fall festivals and,of course, everything pumpkin. It’s also a great time of year to get your home ready for winter and, for sale, if you’re contemplating a spring move.
Here is a checklist to get you started on Fall Maintenance items. Start with outdoor items while the weather is still so enjoyable.
- Power wash siding and walk ways Close and drain hose bibs.
- Close and drain hose bibs.
- Rake leaves and aerate lawn. Alexandria Leaf Collection
- Clean out gutters, downspout elbows, and check for roof leaks.
- Check foundation and repair any cracks.
- Clean around air conditioner compressor.
- Trim any trees or shrubs that touch house.
- Inspect and replace weatherstripping; re-caulk if needed.
- Repair torn screens; inspect and clean storm windows.
- Clean under decks and porches.
- Inspect seals and clean out basement window wells.
- Check external lights, especially by stairs; replace burnt out bulbs.
- Run all gas-powered lawn equipment until the fuel is gone.
- Check the dryer vent to make sure it is clear.
- Clean and reverse the ceiling fans so the blades push air up instead of down.
- Replace batteries in the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Test alarms to be sure they are working properly.
- Replace air filters in furnace. Have furnace inspected by a professional.
- Adjust thermostat settings for fall/winter temperatures.
- Stock emergency supplies in case the power (and heat) goes out.
- Have fireplace chimney inspected and cleaned if necessary.
- Fire extinguisher is fully charged.
- Vacuum lint from dryer.
- Have windows cleaned.
- Clean carpets if needed.
- Check for minor repairs needed ~ such as a squeaky door, loose handle, dripping faucet, etc.
Minor repairs and preparations can keep your home safe and warm for the upcoming winter months. If you would prefer to hire someone to help with larger needs such as tree-trimming or lawn care, please let me know. I’m always happy to share names of trusted companies.