Warm summer days have come to an end, and we’ve officially entered the fall season. With colder weather on the Midwest horizon, fall is the perfect time to start checking those annual fall maintenance projects off your list to ensure your home is winter-ready. Seasonal maintenance to-do list not quite your thing? No problem! We’re sharing five fall home maintenance projects to prepare your home for winter.
Clean Up Your Landscaping
A great place to start preparing your home for winter is with your landscaping and yardwork. Cover gardens and any vulnerable plants, trim bushes and trees, and rake fallen leaves. To prevent water damage, make sure to disconnect garden hoses from outdoor faucets and put them in storage with sprinklers and other lawn tools. Fall is also an excellent time to repair cracks in the sidewalk or paved paths, which can be dangerous when covered with snow and ice.
Winterize Your Deck
The next fall home maintenance project on our list is to winterize your deck or porch. Clear any fallen leaves and debris from the deck, which can damage traditional wood finishes. Once the deck has been cleared of debris and deck accessories, give the surface a thorough cleaning and reseal it if needed. Finally, take a moment to check your deck for any damage that can cause trouble come spring.
Clean and Repair Gutters
Removing debris from gutters is a crucial home maintenance project to complete before winter strikes. Clogged gutters can cause a lot of damage to your home once snow and ice start to thaw. Remove leaves, branches, and other debris from your gutters to help them drain properly. In addition, check for any damage or areas of concern and be sure to repair them as soon as possible. Whether you hire a professional or do it yourself, this is one task you don’t want to skip!
Check the Roof
While there’s never a good time to deal with a leaking roof, winter is probably the worst. Prevent unwanted leaks by checking your roof for damage in the fall. It is especially important to look for any loose shingles, which can cause water to pool and eventually leak. If you notice any damage or trouble spots that are beyond your ability to repair, be sure to hire a professional to get the job done.
Assess Your Home’s Energy-Efficiency
Homeowners in the Midwest know just how costly it is to heat your home in the winter, so it’s essential your home retains that heat. Start by checking doors, windows, and the foundation for any cracks and seal them along the way. If your windows are a significant source of lost heat, consider replacing them with energy-efficient vinyl windows. Inefficient appliances can also be a source of spiking energy bills, so if your budget allows, consider replacing them with newer models. While it can be a big investment upfront, upgrading appliances will not only save you money but often come with a generous tax rebate.
Taking the time to prepare your home for winter now can save you a headache down the road. Plus, taking care of home maintenance projects in the fall means there will be less to do come spring.
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