Have you started working on your home to get it ready for the Fall season? If not, then you need to do something about it immediately. Autumn is already upon us and you have to make sure that your home is ready for the changes that will happen around you in the coming months.
Summer is a great time to relax and enjoy the outdoors. While the Autumn season is also beautiful, there are so many things changing in the weather. You have the air becoming cooler. The is also falling more frequently than before. And the leaves – they are turning into beautiful shades of red, orange, and yellow, and they are falling everywhere. Soon you will find the surrounding area of your home blanketed in colorful leaves and various branches. It looks really breathtaking – until you have to clean it.
While you may be tempted to stay idle, you need to prepare your house for the coming Winter. That means you need to start working on your house while it is still the Fall season. So what are the things that you need to do? Here are some of the important tasks you have to take care of.
Get rid of the leaves and debris
All the leaves in your yard, garage, and backyard should not stay there. You have to work on that and keep your surroundings clean. It looks beautiful, but it can be a nuisance if you do not stay on top of the leaves falling. September is the time when the leaves will start falling and it will get worse over time. Make sure you have that rake ready. If you have a leaf blower, that will probably make your life easier and the task completion faster. Do not forget those that land on your roof as well. You do not want the leaves to get stuck in your gutter. Clean this out – making sure that you have someone with you as you do. You need someone to hold the ladder while you climb to do the work.
Clean your pool
If your yard is full of leaves, you can bet that your pool will be the same. You have to clean it out – from the inside of the pool to the deck. Make sure even the bottom of the pool is clean. You do not want these to clog the drainage and filtration system of your pool.
Look for leaks and drafts inside the house
Check if there is moisture building in your walls or the surrounding area of the windows and doors. If you notice a draft near windows or even your door, make sure you take care of these before the Winter season comes. Do not do this at the last minute because it might cost you more. Failing to fix these will also cost you more in the long run. It will compromise the insulation in your home.
Inspect your HVAC system
As the Fall season leads the weather to become cooler, you do not want your HVAC system to suddenly malfunction. Ideally, this should have been done during the summertime. Do this as early as you can. Make sure you give it a thorough inspection so you can have the necessary parts repaired or replaced. Change the filter, clean the coil and the other parts that worked overtime during the summertime. If there is something that you cannot work on yourself, call a professional to have it fixed.
Work on your garden
This is the perfect time to look at your garden to get it ready for the winter months. Make sure you fertilize it because it will protect the soil while the ground gets cold. Some experts say that you can plant winter rye as it helps fertilize the solid during the cold season. You can mow this when the spring comes next year.
Clean, drain, and store lawn equipment
Since you will not be using them for quite some time, you might want to store them for now. Clean and drain these so there will be no damages as you store them. If your equipment runs of gas, drain them before you keep them. The deposits might ruin your equipment if you just leave it there. If there are blades that require sharpening, you might want to take care of this as well.
While you are at it, you might want to check out the snow blower or other equipment that you will need during the winter. That way, it is ready for use when you need it.
Turn off outdoor sprinklers and faucets
You do not want your yard to become slippery because of a leaking faucet or a sprinkler automatically turning on. Double check that these are all turned off and all the hoses are disconnected and stored properly. Make sure anything that is left outdoors will be drained to avoid damages. Water expands when it turns into ice which can lead to pipes and hoses bursting.
Chop and bring in wood
Time to start chopping the wood to keep the cold away. Do this before the weather outside becomes too cold. You can store this in the garage or even on your porch. Make sure you check the wood for any bugs. You do not want an infestation inside your house during the Winter time. If there are leftover wood from the last time you used the fireplace, make sure you put them on top. That way, you will use them up first.
Make sure you complete all of these while it is still the Fall season. You will not be able to do much when the cold winter months come in.