We’ve all felt the pull for spring cleaning, but fall is usually the time when we want to relax, take it easy and stay indoors to avoid nasty weather. Here’s a list of five truly scary (and often overlooked!) fall maintenance items that can turn your dream house into a nightmare if left undone!
Inspect your roof.
Autumn is usually heralded by rain, wind and cooler temps, so it’s not the time you want your roof to fail. If the shingles are curling, buckling or crackling–replace them. If there’s a lot of damage, consider replacing the entire roof (check with your homeowner’s insurance—you may be covered!) Also, check the flashing around any skylights, pipes and chimneys. If you have any leaks or gaps, heavy snow and ice will find its way in, along with a host of troubles! Pro Tip: Afraid of heights or have a super steep roof? Hire a licensed professional to examine your roof for wear and tear.
Check your pipes!
Exterior water pipes may be prone to bursting when the weather gets below freezing. To avoid, turn off the valves to the exterior hose bibs. Run the water until the pipes are empty. Make sure all the water is drained from the pipes, if not; the water can freeze up and damage the pipes. Pro Tip: Wrap water pipes that run along exterior walls with heating tape. It will save energy and prevent them from freezing.
Tackle that trim.
Dropping temperatures and lower humidity make fall a good time to repair and repaint the exterior of your home. Use a screwdriver to probe the wood trim around windows, doors, railings and decks. Use caulk to fill the holes or completely replace the wood. Pro tip: Autumn is also a good time to consider window replacement. A little maintenance can save you big this winter.
Service your furnace.
When cold weather strikes, you don’t want to be left with an inefficient or non-working heat source! Clean and replace filters in your furnace or heating system. Pro Tip: Contact a licensed heating contractor to inspect and service your gas heater or furnace to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
Dead head and divide your garden.
Fall is the perfect time to divide or move perennials. Remove dead annuals and mulch hardy perennials. Annuals typically die when temperatures drop below freezing. But perennials often appear as though they too have bitten the bullet. That’s because their top growth dies back, although in most cases the root ball is hardy enough to survive even extreme temperatures, especially if it’s covered with a layer of mulch. Pro Tip: Don’t forget to trim dead branches out the trees to prevent them from coming down and causing damage in a winter storm!
Fall can be a frightfully good time, but not if you’re worried about forgetting to do some needed annual maintenance. With a little upkeep, your home will withstand the ghouls and goblins, and continue to shine all season long!
Need help? Don’t forget that I’ve got a list of helpful contractors for you! Whether it’s moving, trimming, cleaning or cutting…let me know how I can help, by contacting me.