Make sure everything is in order as temperatures begin to drop and winter settles in.
The fall is a time of transition. When it comes to your home, make sure everything is in order as temperatures begin to drop and winter settles in.
Here are some maintenance items to keep in mind.
1. Check your roof.
Protect your home by checking for any signs of leaks. Hire a pro to address problems like loose shingles, leaks, damaged flashing or bad ventilation If your roof is beyond repair, now is a good time to tackle a complete replacement.
2. Repave your driveway.
A new driveway is a great way to spruce up the outside of your home. And pouring one while the weather’s still relatively warm will allow it to dry before the freeze-thaw cycles of late autumn and winter.
3. Prep your landscaping.
Plant seeds and bulbs for a pretty yard come spring. Add mulch to plants that need protection from the elements.
4. Prune and trim trees.
Dead branches and broken limbs can become a real danger as winter storms blow in. Get trees pruned by a pro to eliminate the threat and prevent unsightly debris from piling up. The trees will also come back healthier in the spring thanks to the care.
5. Assess your deck or patio.
Now is the time to pack up outdoor furniture that could be affected by cold weather. Once clear, assess your deck or patio and repair any damage or deterioration.
6. Clean your gutters.
Gutters should remain clear and in good condition to help ensure they work properly. Lean a ladder against your home and clear away sticks, leaves and other fragments. Hire a pro if you notice damage or don’t have the time to tackle the project.
7. Check windows and doors.
Now is a good time to get a window replacement project underway. Replacing drafty, outdated windows with a more energy-efficient alternative will create a cozier, more comfortable home interior this winter.
8. Purchase a storm door.
Storm doors can serve as an additional element to protect your home from harsh weather.
9. Consider buying a generator.
Standby generators can be costly but may be worth the investment, especially if you’re in an area that tends to lose power in storms.
10. Make repairs, big and small.
From broken railings and siding boards to knobs and hinges, this is a great time of year to make needed repairs. Considering a larger remodel? Starting while the weather is still mild will make it easier for workers to do prep work and store their tools and materials outside and out of your way. And beginning a kitchen renovation before winter hits will allow you to use your grill and outdoor eating space while your indoor space is out of commission.