Getting your home ready for the fall is important and necessary if you want to avoid having issues pop up from not performing maintenance on your home. You may not even know where to start getting your home ready for fall. This list of tips will help you to have your home better prepared this year for fall so you can save yourself some money from having to deal with repairs.
1. HVAC Service
Your A/C is going to be put to rest soon for the winter so it is important that you have a professional come to clean it. If you would like to do it on your own you can look how to properly service your HVAC for winter. You will need to make sure that you do it safely and correctly so you don’t get harmed or cause damage to your A/C. Once you’ve finished cleaning it, cover it up to prevent debris from getting inside and set your thermostat to heat.
2. Clean Gutters
The gutters around the roof of your home need to be cleaned out of debris. This one can be really obnoxious, especially if you haven’t done it in a while. Never, never, never forget to do this. Clogged gutters will cause water to stream down the sides of your home and damage your siding and foundation. If it’s too dangerous to do this on your own you should schedule a professional to come by to clean your gutters. This can save you thousands of dollars in repairs.
3. Fertilize Your Lawn
You need to fertilize your lawn to protect it over the winter. If you want a strong lawn come spring it is important to provide it with the proper fertilizer in the fall. This will create even more growth in the next year to come, resulting in a full lawn that everyone will enjoy.
4. Store Lawn Equipment
Any lawn equipment that you won’t be using such as lawn mowers, weed eaters, and other items should be drained of their fuel and stored somewhere safe, dry and cool. This way they won’t have issues when you go to use them for the next year. Another good idea is to get the blades sharpened for your lawn mower to restore it.
5. Clean Your Chimney
Chimney cleaning is super important in preventing fires in your home. Not just that but a dirty chimney can create soot, smoke, and carbon monoxide that leaks into your home. Even if it is a gas fireplace it should be serviced every year. They will check that there are no pests living inside of the chimney as well as look for any cracks that may let smoke inside your house. I would definitely suggest getting a professional to do this because it is dangerous and doesn’t cost a lot so it’s worth it.