As fall closes in, don’t forget these home maintenance tasks to keep your property in top form.
The list may seem daunting, but if you tackle a few tasks each weekend, you’ll be ready for winter in no time! Most of them are pretty easy and will help you identify – and avoid – bigger problems.
- Clean gutters and downspouts; make sure drainage areas are free of leaves and other debris. (Bonus: investing in gutter guards will make this easier!)
- Use a screwdriver to test the wood trim around windows, doors, railings, and decks.
- Use caulk to fill holes, or replace rotten wood.
- Inspect your roof, or hire someone to do it. Shingles that are curling or cracking should be replaced.
- While you’re on the roof, check flushing around windows, pipes, and chimney – you don’t want snow getting in gaps!
- Remove, drain, and store garden hoses.
- Turn off exterior spigots and drain them of water.
- Wrap water pipes in exterior walls with heating tape to save energy and prevent freezing.
- Drain and store your lawnmower, and any other lawn equipment.
- Use an incense stick to check your windows and doors for drafts, and replace the weatherstripping and caulking as needed.
- Check your chimney for soot, and have it swept if there is more than 1/8 inch. Install chimney caps so that pests and debris stay outside!
- Trim your bushes and trees, so that they’re away from your house and any electrical lines.
- If you’re storing firewood, keep it at least 15 feet from your house so that termites aren’t tempted to set up shop in your house!
- Get your snowblower, ice, and shovel ready.
Enjoy the last of the warm weather!