Fall Tasks You'll Be Glad You Accomplished
Whether you live in year-round sun, where the worst winter day is rainy and gray, or in a cold, snowy climate, there are certain home maintenance chores to do each year and many of them are easily scheduled in the fall.
Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Have your roof inspected each year before winter sets in. Take care of any curling or missing shingles. If you have a metal roof, make sure it's caulked along the seams. Metal roofs may need to be coated as well.
- Check your chimney/exhaust stack for blockages and make sure your heating system is in working order. Heating systems should be cleaned annually; no matter where you live, there will be cold days when you'll want heat.
- Clean your gutters and check the gutter seams. If you have lots of deciduous trees in your area, this is best done after the leaves fall.
- Seal cracks around doors and windows.
- Drain and turn off your sprinkler system. Store your hoses and turn off your outdoor water spigots.
- Check any areas that are painted, like trim or a separate storage building, and make sure any peeling paint is scraped and repainted. The latest paints allow you to paint on days when temperatures stay above 35 degrees.
- Inspect your driveway for cracks and have them repaired.
- If you have a woodstove, make sure it's working properly and the stove stack is clean.
- Remove window air conditioners and store them, or wrap them with an approved cover. Have any needed maintenance on your air conditioning system done now so you can avoid long waits for service next spring.
- Test the batteries in your smoke detector and your CO2 detector. Change them at least once a year. Replace your detectors every 10 years.
Autumn days are perfect for getting out and getting these chores done. If you're not confident of your ability to do them yourself, hire a licensed professional.