Falling leaves and lower temperatures are an indication that summer is going away and you need to start preparing for the fall. As the seasons change, you ought to change some of your activities at home to cope with the new weather. The tasks may be tiring. However, the simple tasks can help you maintain the home appearance and avoid unnecessary repairs.
Below are some of the things that you can do to prepare your home for the fall.
1. Clean Out or Replace the Gutters
As leaves start falling during autumn, your gutters will start filling. The leaves can lead to problems, especially during rain. Clogged gutters will force the water on the roof to drop down from its sides. This water can lead to damages in your home and cracks on your walls, doors, and window panes.
You can use an object to clean the leaves from your gutter as well as your compound. If the gutters are affected, be sure to replace them immediately. You should also clean your chimney to prevent failure when you need it to heat your home. Remember, cleaning your gutters is less costly compared to repairing the roof after the fall.
2. Schedule for HVAC Maintenance
Throughout the summer, you’ve been using your HVAC system to keep cool. At this time, some parts will not only be worn out, but you may also have clogged filters in the HVAC. To make sure that the HVAC can serve you for another season, schedule your HVAC to be re-serviced.
In case of damages or malfunction, your air conditioning system may start burning up your energy bills. You need to check and clean your air filters, air ducts, the coils. When finished, ensure the system is covered to prevent it from damages.
3. Place Mats and Rugs at the Doors
As the fall starts to set in, the outdoors will be muddy and wet. You should expect the kids and visitors to come with dirty shoes and boots. If you are not well prepared, pets and kids can storm on in, tracking all of that fresh mud into your home.
Visitors and other family members will also have problems finding places to keep their shoes. This is why you should invest in mat rugs, muddy shoe trays, and mud rooms for them to keep their shoes while in the house during this time.
4. Fertilize Your Lawn
According to researchers, autumn is the best season to fertilize your lawn. This is because the following season, winter, can scotch the grass preventing it from growing back. When you fertilize your lawn during autumn, you’ll protect it from winter and it’ll grow faster in spring. It’ll help the grass roots to grow as well as the blades to be thick and healthy.
As the seasons pass by, you shouldn’t wait to be overwhelmed by problems. Use this time of the year to finish up on any pre-winter maintenance projects that you had not completed earlier. Ensure to inquire from your home maintenance experts about any repairs that need to be fixed before winter.