It’s the first day of Fall! Cooler weather can also often mean more unpredictable weather conditions. So, it’s best to get started on fall home preparations now! Here are a few ideas to get both the inside and outside of your home prepared for fall!
- Repair any cracks in your concrete and asphalt. Depending on where you live, there is only a few more weeks before the weather will no longer be warm and sunny!
- Clean your gutters! Clogged gutters can lead to water damage to your home and roof. Remember, it’s much easier to prevent damage than it is to repair it! This is also a great time to inspect your roof for damaged shingles, debris, and mold. Make sure to make any roof repairs before wind, rain, and snow hit!
- Turn off your outdoor plumbing! Drain and cover your outside facets and sprinkler systems to help protect them from freezing over.
- Try composting. Collecting leaves and food waste throughout the cold months makes for great fertilizer in the spring!
- Prep outdoor items for storage. Start to clean and repair any outdoor furniture and tools so they’re ready for winter storage.
- Fall bulbs bring spring flowers! Planting bulbs in the early fall means that you’ll have a full garden when spring returns!
- Prep your furnace! Visually inspect your furnace and make sure to replace the filter before starting everyday use. You can also consider getting it professionally serviced.
- Clean your fireplace and chimney. Clean out any ash or debris, inspect the flue, and make sure all doors and shields are in good condition. Don’t forget to stock up on firewood!
- Check the seal on your doors and windows. Check your weatherstripping by placing a piece of paper in the entryway and closing the door. If the paper slides back and forth easily, it’s time to replace your weatherstripping! Also check window and door casings to see if it’s time to re-caulk.
- Add more lighting for darker months! Keeping windows and blinds clean helps to accentuate the natural light your home has. You can also consider replacing your light bulbs with energy efficient models!
- Create a mudroom! Even if you don’t have a dedicated room, you can prepare your entryway to serve as such during the colder months. Use indoor-outdoor rugs to protect your floor and add a shoe rack or storage bench to help keep up with the mess!
- Inspect your safety features. Replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure your emergency preparedness kits are in good condition and updated for cold weather. Also make sure to create or go over your family fire escape plan!