Get Ready for Fall: Home Maintenance Checklist to Prepare & Protect Your Home
Who doesn’t love fall? It’s the perfect time to carve pumpkins and get out your cozy sweaters, but it also means that it’s time to prepare your house for changing weather by following the fall home maintenance checklist below. Let’s go over some things you can do to protect your house as the end of the year approaches.
Your Fall Maintenance Checklist
Check for Drafts
If your energy bills have been higher than normal recently, you may have a drafty window or door in your house. Taking a look around your home to see if there are areas where heat is escaping could save you money and also make you more comfortable in the colder months, not to mention that it can prevent unwanted moisture from entering your home.
Homeowners with an attic should take a trip up there to make sure that the area is secure and there aren’t any leaks. If you do find gaps, consider adding or updating your weather stripping beneath and around doors, and closing up any cracks with foam and insulation.
Prepare Your Winter Equipment
Although we don’t usually have extreme winters in Virginia, it’s a good idea to locate any snow equipment you generally do need while doing your fall home maintenance. Taking a few minutes to locate shovels and ice scrapers and check on how they’re functioning is a great use of your time and you’ll probably thank yourself later. If you live in another state with more extreme weather, you’ll be especially thankful you checked on your snowblower, plow, and other equipment you might need.
Clean Your Gutters
It’s no secret that leaves and heavy rain can be a bad combination. Taking care of your gutters and cleaning them regularly helps maintain the integrity of your roof and reduce the chances of problems in the future. Proper drainage is essential to avoiding costly water damage! This is an essential part of fall home maintenance.
Check Your Fireplace
Making sure your fireplace is structurally maintained and cleaned regularly not only provides an important heat source, but it’s also essential for safety. Protect yourself and your loved ones by making sure that your fireplace is operational before you fire it up for the first time this season. Neglecting this step could lead to smoke and toxins in your home so don’t skip it!
While you’re checking your fireplace, why not take a minute to look at your furnace too?
Clean Your Carpet
Winter usually means spending more time inside, so giving your carpet a thorough cleaning can make your space feel more welcoming and rid your home of dirt and allergens that build up over time. If anyone in your home has seasonal allergies, cleaning your carpet can help them rest easy knowing that their home is free of allergens.
Do a Safety Check
Have your fire extinguishers expired? Are the batteries in your smoke detectors operational? Do you have a plan for what you’ll do if you lose power in your home?
Answering these questions is a great way to make sure that your home is as safe as possible. It can be hard to remember to do safety maintenance, so take advantage of the changing season and check around your house for any concerns.
If you have others living with you, make sure that they’re aware of your safety equipment and would be able to respond accordingly in the event of an emergency.
Fall Home Maintenance to Help You Take Care of Your Home
Protecting your home from changing seasons is important, both for safety and financial reasons. Investing in fall home maintenance is an excellent way to save money in the long run and make sure that you’re staying updated on required home improvement tasks.
At Managed Services Group, we understand the importance of home improvement and home maintenance. We’re experts when it comes to moisture control, air quality, and temperature regulation. Our experienced staff provide a variety of services so that our clients can rest assured that their home is in good hands.
If you’re not sure where to begin when it comes to preparing your house for fall, a member of our team would love to speak with you about some simple, easy options. We’re always here to answer your questions and provide you with the information you need to protect your home.
Explore our website or give us a call to learn more about our services and if they could be the right fit for your fall home maintenance!
Since 2008, Managed Services Group has provided comprehensive moisture control and basement waterproofing services to homeowners throughout the Greater Richmond area. As a licensed and insured Class A contractor, we have the experience and knowledge to back up our passion for home improvement. Give us a call today at (804) 972-3007 (434-299-9382 for Charlottesville) for a free estimate. We’ll schedule an inspection with you, make a recommendation, and, in most cases, give you an estimate right on the spot.