The official start of fall is fast approaching and winter won’t be too far behind. Get your home and yard ready for fall and winter with this handy checklist:
- Hire a professional to inspect your furnace and make sure your heating system is working properly.
- Inspect you chimney for cracks and any debris that may have accumulated in the flue.
- Clean and covered or store patio furniture.
- Fertilize the lawn and winterize your lawn mower.
- Rake leaves.
- Clean gutters and clear them of debris before winter weather arrives.
- Hang holiday lights. It is easier to do and more enjoyable while the weather is still nice.
- Harvest the rest of the produce from your vegetable garden.
- Plant/move trees and shrubs.
- Mulch trees and shrubs to protect them from harsh winter weather.
- Drain and store hoses. Turn off outdoor faucets.
Buy winter supplies such as snow shovels, ice melt, and ice scrapers.
Fall is here and winter is right around the corner. Now is a good time to do a little home maintenance both indoors and out. This maintenance checklist will help you get started inside.
· Clean closets – You can quickly determine if your closets need a little attention with two easy tests. Can you close the closet door easily? Can you see any floor space? If you answered “NO” to one or both of these questions, it is time to get organized. Begin by clearing out any items that you don’t wear or use any more. Donate what you can to charity Make room for your winter wardrobe. Pack summer clothing and other items and store them elsewhere. Broken items or gloves and shoes that are missing their match should be thrown out. Likewise with clothing items that have broken zippers and other flaws that cannot be repaired. Add compartments and organizers to your closets at different levels to utilize more space. Finish one closet before you move on to the next one.
· Maintain Large Appliances – With the holidays coming, you need to make sure your appliances can handle the demands you place on them. Pull your refrigerator away from the wall and clean the condenser coils with a vacuum cleaner and brush attachment. Also, clean the lower front grille. Thoroughly clean the oven and stove. Freshen up your garbage disposal by packing it with ice cubes and ¼ cub of baking soda. Turn it on and let it run until the ice grinding noise stops. Then pour a quart-size pot of boiling water down to rinse.
· Maintain Woodwork – This is a good time of the year to repair woodwork because indoor air is at its driest. Re-glue any wood trim or broken pieces or parts of furniture such as a wobbly arm on a dining room chair or a loose piece of trim around the entry door.
For information about outdoor home maintenance review last week’s posting, Outdoor Fall Home Maintenance Checklist.
It is time to do a little home maintenance both indoors and out. This maintenance checklist will help you get started outside.
· Remove Leaves from Problem Areas – Take some time to clean out gutters and make sure water flows properly through them. Remove leaves from the roof that have settled in low places such as roof valleys. Rake or mulch your yard with the lawn mower so layers of leaves do not kill the grass beneath. Clear leaf buildup from ditches and culverts on your property. This prevents water flow from washing away soil and damaging your landscaping.
· Check your Sump Pump – Some homes with basements in wet areas have sump pumps that turn on automatically when ground water levels rise. They eliminate water in the basement before it becomes a problem. If your home has a sump pump, make sure it is in good working condition before winter snows melt and the rainy season starts.
· Maintain Moisture in Your Home – With the air at its driest, fall and winter can further rob your home of moisture, especially if you have forced air, a wood stove or a wood burning fireplace. A touch of moisture makes the heated air feel warmer allowing you to set the thermostat at a slightly lower temperature. (Think of it like humidity in the summertime…the more humid the air is the warmer it feels.) If your skin seems dry or your woodwork is cracking, you need moisture in your home. Consider a furnace-mounted humidifier or putting a teakettle on the wood stove.
· Trim Problem Trees – Trees are dormant during the fall and winter. Identify those that need to be trimmed. Pay attention to limbs and branches that are too close to your home potentially causing damage if they fall or break during a storm. Look for limbs that might brush against your home on a windy day scratching or damaging the exterior finish. Make note of trees that heavily shade your roof causing moss and/or mildew to grow. Once you’ve identified the problem trees hire a professional to trim and cut them back.
For more information, check back next week for the upcoming posting, Indoor Fall Home Maintenance Checklist.
Summer has past and fall is here. With winter is just around the corner, autumn is the perfect time to take care of a few things inside and outside your home before winter weather arrives. The home maintenance checklist below will help you complete all the necessary tasks that might otherwise be forgotten without this little reminder.
· Inspect weatherstripping around exterior doors and windows for signs of deterioration and replace it or make necessary repairs.
· Keep an eye out for sales and deals on close out items left over from summer. Purchase and/or replace any lawn and garden tools. You’ll be ready for next spring at half the price.
· Shampoo carpets and paint interior rooms while it is still warm enough outside to leave the windows open.
· Check your heating system and make sure it is functioning properly. Check filters and pilot lights. Schedule an appointment to have your heating system service by a professional.
· Vacuum and clean dust from vents, ducts, cold air returns and baseboard heaters.
· Remove and store window air conditioning units. Units that cannot be removed should be covered with plastic for protection throughout the winter.
· Detach hoses in case of freezing temperatures and store them in the garage or garden shed.
· Clean gutters after all the leaves have fallen and make sure downspouts are functioning properly.
· Set automatic sprinklers for winter.