EZ Checklist – Prepare Your Home for Fall/ Winter
By Jacey Cook – Oct 20, 2017
Hey Everyone! Fall is the perfect time to take care of the little things that can make a big difference for you and your home! I compiled this list to make your life easy. Most of these can be done by a regular home-owner but a few require professional service!
- Clear out the Gutters & Trim Trees – Remove leaves and other debris from your drainpipes and gutters to prevent clogging. Trim back trees touching any rooflines.
- Fertilize Your Lawn – According to experts, fertilizing your lawn in fall will protect it over the winter and help it green up faster come springtime.
- Check Your Heating System – Do a check of your home’s heating vents to make sure they’re not blocked or covered by furniture, carpeting, or curtains. Dust vents and clean or change all filters. Make an appointment for an annual heating system check-up service.
- Clean the Fireplace/Chimney – You can clear ash and charred wood from the fireplace yourself, but leave the chimney cleaning to a professional. Have the chimney cleaner (chimney sweep J) check the damper to ensure it tightly closes to prevent drafts
- Store Air Conditioners – If you have removable ACs, unplug, drain, dust and clean them before covering/storing.
- Check Your Home for Drafts – Save energy, and reduce your heating bills by examining windows and doors for cracks and sealing them with weather-stripping and/or caulk.
- Ready Outdoor Faucets & Irrigation Systems – Drain/remove/cover outdoor faucets and irrigation systems to prevent breakage. It’s much more fun to do this before it is freezing.
- Inspect Your Roof – Check for damaged or curled shingles, corroded flashing, or leaky vents. Use common sense. Consult a professional if not easy!
- Drain & Clean Your Water Heater – Clear out any debris that has settled in the tank.
- Perform a Home Safety Check – IMPORTANT annual ritual. Test smoke detectors and CO2 monitors, inspect (or install) fire extinguishers, review fire escape and storm protection plans.
- Drain, Store & Sharpen Your Lawn Equipment – Over time, unused gas goes through chemical changes which lead to gum and harmful deposits that can destroy lawn equipment. Usually around mid-October you should drain the tanks of your mower, leaf blower, and weed eater. Fall is also a good time to get your lawn mower blades sharpened so they’ll be ready for next Spring.
HAVE A HAPPY HAPPY FALL!