Homeowners are often familiar with the term winterizing (boats, pools, gardens, lawnmowers, etc.) but there are also steps you should take to prepare your home for fall. Make sure to add these five activities to your fall to-do list, if you haven’t already.
Fertilize Your Lawn
There is a common misconception that lawns should be fertilized during the spring. However, lawn fertilizer can help prevent winter damage to your grass. There are specific lawn fertilizers for fall and winter, so check with your local garden center before purchasing and applying.
With dirty gutters, your home may not be able to adequately keep rain, ice, and melting snow at bay during the winter months. While getting your gutters cleaned toward the end of fall, when all of the leaves have fallen off the trees, seems like a no-brainer, gutter cleaning at the beginning of fall should also be a priority. Pollen, flower petals, and maple tree seeds from spring are all gutter-clogging culprits.
Homeowners should also have furnaces cleaned before the weather turns too cold. It is unpleasant to turn off a furnace during cold weather for cleaning, but no one wants a musty smell lingering all winter long from a dirty furnace. A dirty furnace can also cause health problems for anyone in the home. Too much debris in a furnace or air duct can cause respiratory issues, while germs can be recirculated after colds and illnesses because they aren’t being adequately cleaned from the air ducts.
Painting or Staining
Fall is also the perfect time to finish up any summer projects you didn’t get around to, like painting your exterior or staining your deck. It isn’t as hot, so the work doesn’t feel as laborious. One challenge of waiting until fall is that sometimes rainy, damp weather can make completing these projects difficult. However, a weekend in early fall might be an ideal time.
The last thing a homeowner wants is to discover a leak in their roof when a recent snowstorm is melting. Fall is an excellent time to have your roof inspected for damage and leaks. While many roofing companies offer free inspections, sometimes their methods are questionable. Instead, find a third-party roof inspector. He or she can provide you with an unbiased report on your roof’s condition.
If your inspector does determine that some repairs are needed, working with a company that has a strong reputation, like Innovative Contracting Services Inc., is a must. Innovative Contracting Services Inc. can assist with multiple home improvement projects, from painting to re-roofing.