Ready for Fall? 30 Tips to Help you Get ThereSeptember 26th, 2017
Interior Fall Ready Tips:
- Check for drafts: You can do this by lighting a candle and holding it near windows or doors to check for flickers. Flickers can indicate air coming through small holes and openings around your window seals. If you discover drafts, they can be fixed by replacing seals, adding caulk, or by purchasing heavy drapery to help keep the cold at bay.
- Furnace Checks: You should always have your furnace checked before the cold settles in. Have a professional do air quality checks and purchase extra filters so that you can replace the filter every 3 to 4 months.
- Winterize the A/C: This is a step that some may overlook. You will definitely want to remove or cover your window A/C. Leaving it as is can create major drafts in your home. If you use central air, or any other type of air conditioner – make sure it is covered properly so that it will be safe during the winter months.
- Consider purchasing a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats can help keep costs lower, by automatically lowering your temperature at night and when you are at work, or out of town.
- Check and replace all necessary batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to help keep your home safe.
- Clean and replace filters in humidifiers. If you live in an area where humidifiers are used a lot during winter months, you will want to make sure they are clean and old filters are removed and replaced or they could be doing more harm than good.
Exterior Fall Ready Tips:
- Check your Roof: If you don’t have the means to do a full roof inspection, at least check what you can see from the ground. You should be sure to look for missing, damaged or loose shingles. You will also want to remove any leaves or debris that is cluttering your roof, as these can become heavy with saturation and cause additional damage and wear.
- Check the chimney & fireplace (if applicable): If you have a wood burning fireplace or stove, be sure to have the chimney cleaned by a licensed professional at least once a year.
- Stock up on firewood: If you are having firewood brought in, be sure to stock up on enough to last you through the season. Store it in a dry place, away from the home.
- Inspect your siding: Check for cracks, holes or other issues that can occur on the exterior of your home. Repair any cracks or holes yourself or call a professional to help get this done before winter is in full swing
- Clean the gutters: To do this yourself, make sure you have a safe, secure ladder and check for leaks while removing all debris: including nests and leaves. If you prefer to hire a professional, try to get this done before freezing temperatures set in.
- Check drainage systems: Downspouts are often the biggest problem when it comes to drainage. Clear them of all obstructions and make sure the water is directed away from foundation, walkways and driveways. You may have to extend the drain spouts in order to accomplish this.
- Reinforce windows and doors. Remove screens and check to be sure your doors and windows are secure and free of issues. Check caulk around all seals.
- Turn off all outdoor water sources: Turn off faucets, hoses and any other outdoor water sources before pipes begin to freeze. You may also want to remove hoses – so that water does not freeze inside them and cause breakage.
- Sprinkler and Irrigation servicing: If you use irrigation, be sure to drain and check it. Talk to a professional if you have never done this previously. Mark spinkler heads if they are located near snow removal areas to prevent damage.
- Check and trim trees: If your trees have become overgrown or are dying, be sure to remove any damaged limbs, that may break off during storms, are too close to power lines or low hanging over your roof.
- Trim landscaping back: Cut back flowers, bushes, and shrubs or cover them as recommended for your climate. If you live in Utah – burlap is recommended as a good covering for small evergreens that need to be protected while they grow to full size.
- Bring in flowerpots: If you keep plants on your porch or outside through the year, bring them in before the cold sets in. If these plants are seasonal remove them and make sure the pots are cleaned and ready for the spring.
- Spring Bulbs: Do you plan to plant bulbs in the spring? Try doing it now instead as the ground is still soft enough to do so.
- Leaf Removal: Rake and remove leaves from your yard. If your neighboorhood offers removal, place them in bags and get them ready to go. Check with your city for pickup schedules (usually available on the city website).
- Fertilize the Lawn: Surprise! If you do this now it can help keep your lawn looking the best it can – even with winter damage and may help stop early spring weeds. Ask a garden center or check online for which type of fertilizer to use.
- Store furniture: If you have lawn chairs – and especially if they contain cushions – store them in a clean dry space until spring comes. You may even want to wash and dry them before storing them.
- Pool maintenance? If you own a pool, make sure you schedule a service to close it up for the season, especially if you live in an area where temperatures dip. If you want to do it yourself, make sure you have the correct supplies before you get started.
- Don’t forget the shed or garage: If your shed is full of summer items, you may want to organize or clean it out before winter sets in completely. Move winter supplies to the front and remove any liquid items that may freeze.
Garage Fall Ready Tips:
- Power Equipment Servicing: If your lawn mower is still full of fuel, you may want to remove it and have the machine oiled and cleaned.
- Store any summer ATVs or other vehicles. If you use a motorcycle, ATV or any other summer vehicle. Make sure it is serviced or cleaned or both before storing it for the winter.
- Get winter equipment out and ready. If you use a snowblower, make sure it is easily accessible. If not, make sure you know where your shovels are located so that you can get to them easily.
- Test any additional winter equipment – including generators. Make sure you have all your winter equipment you may need tested to be sure you will be able to use it if needed.
- Buy extra Gasoline: Ensure you have an extra tank or two of gas – in case of emergencies. Additionally – make sure they are stored safely – away from children and open flame.
- Go ahead and organize and clean out any old materials or items that you don’t use anymore while you are working in the garage. You won’t regret it!