fall home maintenanceThe leaves will be changing soon! With all that beauty comes a whole lot of clean up if you own a home anywhere near┬átrees. It’s a good time to think about what Fall home maintenance projects you should be tackling. Doing quarterly home maintenance is a smart way to retain the value of your home and avoid costly repairs due to years of neglect. Here are some tips for Fall maintenance:

Outdoor Tasks:

  • Clean gutters and downspouts. Might be a good time to consider installing gutter guards!
  • Inspect roof, chimney and around the foundation for cracks and damage. Repair as needed.
  • Rake leaves and shred to use as mulch or dispose of them based on local guidelines.
  • Remove hoses from spigots and drain. Store indoors, coiled and flat.
  • Store outdoor furniture and cushions.

Indoor Tasks:

  • Grab that caulk gun and look for gaps around windows and doors and fill them. Install weather stripping in advance of cold Winter air.
  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when you set clocks back in the Fall.
  • Have furnace professionally inspected.
  • Have gas fireplaces serviced.
  • If needed, set traps for rodents. I recommend using a pest control service for this to trap safely. You don’t want a poisoned animal dying somewhere in the recesses of your home!
  • Dust blinds and vacuum curtains throughout your house.
  • Clean kitchen and bathroom cabinets and throw away outdated food, medicine and cosmetics

If you discover the need for repairs that are beyond your scope or skills, give me a call! I’ve got a who list of service providers I can recommend. Although it’s never fun to pay for home repairs it’s always better to take care of problems before they get worse and the cost increases!

Please contact Steve McIlvaine for more tips like these.