Fall is here and our thoughts may turn to all of the seasonal fun to have, then thoughts creep in of what needs to be done to our home before winter sets in. Most fall chores are done much more easily when the weather is still good.

Clean gutters and downspouts – Leaves and debris gather in gutters, which can cause ice dams and other water damage when snow falls and then melts, or during rainstorms. If you can climb a ladder safely and your roofline permits, this is an easy task to do yourself.
Remove leaves – Not only do you want the leaves out of your gutters, you want them off your roof and off your lawn. raking leaves pic
Repair any damage to your roof – Repair any missing or damaged shingles to avoid inside water damage. Anywhere you had shingle damage, that needs to be fixed/replaced. If water can get under your shingles, it can get into your home and cause damage.
Clean your chimney – Have your fireplace checked for safety and clean out the remains of last year’s fires. Also make sure that the cover to your chimney is intact and that birds or other animals haven’t moved in.
Check smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors
– It’s smart to test the devices and replace the batteries every six months, making this a chore for fall and spring. Many people use the start and end of daylight saving time as a good time to replace the batteries.
Change filters in heating and air conditioning units – All systems work better when the filters are clean. While some filters are advertised to last several months, people with pets or older houses with a lot of dust should change filters monthly.
Caulk around the windows – Cold air can easily enter your house around windows and doors. Caulking wears out after a few years.
Repair, add or replace weatherstripping – Good weatherstripping on exterior doors can save energy and help you feel more comfortable in winter. If you can see light from the outside coming in around your doors, it’s time for repairs.
Wrap exposed pipes – Pipes in exterior walls or outside can easily freeze during the winter, and wrapping them makes that less likely. Having a pipe burst can be messy and costly.
Turn off and drain exterior spigots – plus drain and bring in hoses. Shut down and drain sprinkler systems if you have one.
Aerate your lawn – By using a machine to poke holes in your lawn, you help air and water get to the roots, and is best done when the lawn is wet.
Trim trees – In colder weather, you want to look for weak branches that may become weighed down with snow from falling on your house or car. Whether warm or cold, you want to make sure weak branches are removed to eliminate any damage that can be caused by wind.
Change the direction of ceiling fans – Heat rises, so fans should run clockwise in winter and set to run counterclockwise in summer, creating a cool breeze under the fan.
Clean and put away your summer equipment – Now that the warm weather is gone, there’s no need for your lawn furniture, barbecue grill and water toys.
Inventory your snow equipment – Make sure your shovels are in good repair, your snow blower is tuned up and you have sand and salt on hand.

It is very important to keep your home in good repair to protect your investment and for safety. Some of these items may require you to consult professionals. If you’re feeling unsure and would like a referral, please give us a call.

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