Crisp weather is just around the corner! That means pumpkins everywhere, sweaters and boots, changing colors in the leaves, and all things fall. But that means your home is going to need some tuning up and checking out. Here is our list of things to make sure you do to get your house ready for fall.
- Prep for cooler weather. Make sure your furnace is working well and doesn’t need any repairs or maintenance. If you rely on wood for heat, be sure you’re stocked up and ready to go. Nobody wants to get caught in the first cold front without adequate heat. If you have a generator, make sure it’s ready so you’re not left without power in a snowstorm.
- Check for drafts. Keeping your home warm means making sure you don’t have any major drafts or areas where cold air can get in. Check around windows, doors, and in basements and attics for air flow. Your heating bill will thank you!
- Prep your lawn. This means turning off your sprinkler, unscrewing hoses, and bringing in any potted plants that won’t winter well. This is also a great time to plant bulbs for the spring, start a compost pile for all those leaves, and check trees for damaged limbs that could cause a hazard when it starts to snow. Bring in your outdoor furniture to prevent damage.
- Visually inspect your home. Check your roof and siding, as well as gutters. These areas are often susceptible to damage from snow and ice. This is also a good time to check concrete in your driveway for cracks or damage that could pose a hazard when they get slick.
- Prep any outdoor tools and machinery. If you have a snow/leafblower, make sure it’s in good working order. Store your lawnmower in a clean, dry place. Stock up on de-icer and sand or kitty litter for when it inevitably gets slick.
- Make sure you have a good emergency kit. This should include a flashlight and extra batteries, candles, blankets, a first aid kid, a radio, an emergency cell phone, any medications you may need, a utility knife, and canned food. Chances are you won’t be without power for a long period of time, but it’s always better to be prepared.