Now that we’re a few weeks into autumn, it’s time to start thinking about all the fall home maintenance tasks that should be done before winter begins – and with the way time zips along, the cold and darkness will be here soon enough! My husband and I like to get an early start on our fall chores, since there’s so much to do.
So here’s a checklist from forbes.com that you might find helpful:
(Note: I know many readers may live in warm climates or may not live in a house, but hopefully there are useful things mentioned here that you can do to maintain your living space.)
- Care for trees and shrubs.
- Rake leaves, so the leaves on a lawn over winter don’t inhibit spring growth.
- Clean gutters and downspouts.
- Make exterior repairs. Look for any signs of damage on the roof, siding, and foundation.
- Seal gaps so cold and critters don’t enter.
- Check walkways, railings, stairs and the driveway for winter safety.
- Stock up on winter supplies.
- Check the condition of snow shovels and ice scrapers; replace as needed.
- Pick up a bag of pet- and plant-safe ice melt, if needed.
- Restock emergency kits for car and home.
- If you use a snow blower, have it serviced and purchase fuel.
- Shut off exterior faucets and store hoses so the freezing temperatures don’t damage anything.
- Add weatherstripping around the frames of windows and doors to keep the house warmer and to cut energy costs.
- Check safety devices.
- Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors; replace batteries as needed.
- Check the expiration date on your fire extinguisher and replace if needed.
And a few others – which my husband is big on doing! – from houselogic.com:
- Clean and stow your lawn mower.
- Remove garden hoses from faucets so the hoses don’t freeze.
- Drain your sprinkler system.
Along with doing those fall chores, one other thing is very, very important: Don’t forget to record your fall-related purchases! So if you buy a rake, record it! If you buy gas stabilizer to winterize your lawn mower, scan it! You get the picture …
Have a great weekend! Let me know if you have any fall maintenance tips and tricks. I’d love to hear all about them.