Thinking ahead is a good thing! It may seem too early to consider winter weather, but fall time is the perfect time to plan for outdoor yard maintenance. Be sure to schedule yourself time in the upcoming weeks to get outside and enjoy the weather while you tend to some homeowner to-do’s.
Here’s our Handy Homeowner Checklist for 7 of our top recommended tasks to get your home ready for dropping temperatures.
Your gutters must be cleared from debris, especially after all the leaves have fallen. A debris-clogged gutter can cause a leaky roof or water damage to the interior or exterior of your home. So this is must do! Keep in mind though, that gutter cleaning is one of the most dangerous home maintenance projects. You may prefer to hire an insured professional to do the job twice a year.
Remove leaves, grass clippings and debris from window and area well drains.
Check the sump pump for proper orientation.
Make sure that your windows, doors, and the area under the house around the foundation are water tight. Caulk any openings.
Shut off outdoor water supply. Remove hoses and shut the valve leading to outside faucets to prevent the possibility of freezing.
Caulk or install weather stripping around doors and windows if they become the source of air leaks or cool drafts.
Other Helpful Reminders
- Check filters/registers/ducts/vents for blockages and remove them.
- Vacuum dust off the refrigerator condenser coil and clean the drain pan.
- Clean the food filters in the dishwasher
- In the laundry room, make sure the dryer vent is clear.
We hope this helps- and be sure to check out our other Handy Homeowner tips and info.