Preparing Your Home for Fall

After the sweltering summer, the thought of cooler weather quickly coming is a liberating and well-received message. With the change in season also comes changes in the maintenance routine for your home. Soon, you will turn off the air conditioner for the season, open up the windows and welcome in the fall air. While this change may feel like it is far away right now, it will be here before we know it. Let’s get ready!

Gear Up the Gutters

With summer storms, your gutters have likely received quite a beating in the past few months. Take some time to make sure they are still securely attached to your home and free of dents. Even further, while you are up there, be sure to clean out any debris or blockages. This will provide a clean slate before the leaves begin to fall.

Wash Your Trash

As strange as this may sound, now is the time to clean your garbage and recycling cans. Rodents have very strong senses of smell and are attracted to the scent that comes from a neglected refuse container. During the harvest season, anything that will help deter rodents is a good idea. Give your containers a quick clean and you will be in good shape, plus they will make your yard or garage smell considerably better. You’ll thank yourself in the end.

Flip the Filter

While you may be turning your HVAC system off and opening the windows for a few weeks, it is still imperative that you replace the filter so that it is ready when you do turn the system back on. Failing to regularly replace your filter can cause costly or permanent damage to your air handling unit. It also has a great effect on the air quality in your home. Excellent air quality can provide important health benefits for you and your family.

Reflect on the Roof

In addition to wreaking havoc on your gutters, summer storms may have also damaged your roof. Take time to inspect your roof – watching for any soft spots, missing shingles, or severe discoloration. These issues may warrant a small roof repair or a full roof replacement; however, taking care of this now is much better than finding out the hard way during a snow storm.

Spy on the Siding

Summer sun and heat can take a toll on your siding. As fall approaches, look at your siding to see if there are any bows, paint chips, dents or any other damage. Often, these serve as signs of other, larger issues that lie beneath the siding including leaks, mold, or pest infestation. Don’t wait any longer to address these issues.

Seal the Deal

As harvest takes place, pests and rodents look for any way to enter your home. Take a look at all of the door and window seals in your home to ensure they are in proper working order and do not need to be repaired or replaced. If you can see light coming through any part of the perimeter of a door or window, it needs to be addressed. This also helps prepare for winter as it keeps cold (or hot) air from entering your home.

After completing this quick and painless checklist, you are ready to welcome fall with open arms. Is it time for you to “fall” for a new home? Give us a call (618) 659-5565.