Fall is one of our favorite times of year, and it is finally here! Winter is quickly approaching though. As one of the busiest times of year, it can be tough to stay on top of everything, especially around your home. That is why fall is the perfect time to take a few minutes to check in with your property. First Restoration Services is sharing this fall home maintenance checklist to keep your home in good working order all year round.
Fall Home Maintenance Checklist
If you aren’t paying attention, issues around your home can quickly arise and worsen. Use this fall home maintenance checklist to assess any areas of concern.
1. Seal Foundation Cracks
Cracks in the foundation make easy access for moisture. Should you find any cracks, use caulk to seal them. Common spots to monitor include where brick meets siding, entry points of pipes and wires, and around the edges of windows and doors. Doing this quick task can save energy, as well as prevent water damage and mold growth.
2. Scope Out the Roof
Search for any loose or missing shingles and replace them to prevent the roof from vulnerability. The roof is the first line of defense in protecting the home.
3. Clear the Gutters
Once the leaves have fallen from the trees, you will want to flush the gutters and downspouts. Tighten brackets and inspect the joints of the entire gutter system.
4. Tend to the Yard
Rake any leaves, loose bulbs, branches, and other debris. Fuel should be drained from lawn equipment before these items are stowed away in the shed. Drain any hoses and store inside. Restock your bird feeders.
5. Weather Proof the Home
Drafts from poorly-sealed windows and doors can prove to be a hindrance to your home’s energy efficiency. Sealing these areas can save up to 10% on your annual bill.
6. Schedule an Inspection
Call a professional HVAC professional to inspect your system. Any other heating and cooling sources should have an inspection also.
7. Practice Fire Safety
Test the batteries in your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector once a month. Replace the batteries or unit if needed.
Preventative Maintenance Can Save You Later
Hopefully this fall home maintenance checklist can keep you from serious issues with your property later in the year. Some time now can help you avoid potentially devastating consequences or a need for restoration services at a less convenient time.