Outdoor Maintenance: Fall Edition
Cooler temperatures and the promise of Pumpkin Spice Everything, serve as a reminder that the fall season is quickly approaching!
As the seasons change, we change our wardrobes and prepare our vehicles, but often, we overlook the changing needs of our Home.
Even though summer is not over quite yet, the weather can change quickly, especially if you live in a colder climate and you don’t want to be caught unprepared, so take a little time to do some seasonal maintenance. Afterall, a bit of attention now will save costly repairs and aggravation later.
Today, we are sharing with you, 18 tips on how to prepare the exterior of your home, for this fall season.
1. Do a roof check.
You should be able to do at least a visual inspection of the roof from the ground. Grab some binoculars to get a closer look or if you’re able and can do so safely, climb on up for a better view. Look for missing, damaged, or loose shingles. If your roof is flat, you may need to remove leaves and debris.
2. Check the chimney and fireplace.
If you have a wood fireplace and use it often, have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional.
3. Stock up on firewood.
Order enough firewood for the season. If you gather your own firewood, make sure it’s dry and ready. It’s best to cover firewood and store away from the house for safety reasons.
4. Inspect siding.
Check home exterior for cracks or holes. Repair them yourself or hire a professional.
5. Clean the gutters.
Hire a service to clear your gutters. Remove leaves, nests, and debris from gutters and check for leaks.
6. Check water drainage.
Rainwater downspouts need to be clear of obstructions and direct water away from foundations, walkways, and driveways. Add extensions to downspouts if necessary
7. Reinforce windows and doors.
Remove screens and install storm windows and doors if you use them. Check caulk and seals around all doors and windows.
8. Turn off faucets and store hoses.
Drain garden hoses and disconnect from the outside spigots. Shut off exterior faucets, and if you have an older home, you may need to turn off the valve inside your home. Store hoses in a dry place so any residual water won’t freeze.
9. Service sprinklers and irrigation system.
Depending on your climate, your irrigation system may need to be drained and checked. Have a professional perform any necessary repairs and mark sprinkler heads near snow removal areas.
10. Inspect trees.
Check for damaged limbs that may break or that are too close to power lines or the roof.
11. Trim landscaping.
Cut back bushes, shrubs, and flowers as recommended for your climate zone.
12. Bring in flowerpots.
If you keep plants or flower in pots year-round, bring them inside. If you replace plants every year, empty, clean, dry pots and put away for next spring.
13. Plant bulbs.
If you plant bulbs for spring, now’s the time to get them in the ground.
14. Leaf removal.
Rake and remove leaves from the yard. Put into a compost pile if you have one. Alternatively, put into yard garbage bags and leave at the curb for community pick up. Check with your local city or town for requirements and pick up schedules.
15. Fertilize lawn.
Applying fall lawn fertilizer will help prevent winter damage and spring weeds. Ask a local garden center or check online to find out which type of fertilizer you need and when to apply it. If you have a lawn service, they should do this for you.
16. Put away seasonal furniture.
Clean and store seasonal outdoor furniture. Remove and clean cushions. Wash and dry furniture and store in a dry place over winter.
17. Close the pool.
If you have a pool and live in an area where temperatures dip, schedule a service to come and close it for the season or if you know how, buy the supplies and do it yourself.
18. Organize the shed.
As your shed is filling up with summer items in storage it’s a good time to organize and clean out the shed. Move summer items to the back and winter stuff up front for better access. Also, remove any liquids that will freeze.
We hope this checklist will be beneficial as you prepare to welcome Autumn!
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