Easy Home Maintenance for Fall
According to the calendar, fall has officially fallen. However, Southern California residents know that the fall season doesn’t truly begin until late October, or early November. But with all the unpredictable weather we’ve been experiencing, cooler weather may be coming sooner, rather than later, this year. In preparation for the cooler months, here are some easy home maintenance tips that you can use to save energy and protect your home this fall.
Interior Home Maintenance Tips
Home Safety: Replace batteries in both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Also, double check to make sure fire extinguishers aren’t expired.
Furnace Maintenance: If you plan on using your heater this year, schedule a furnace check before it gets cold to avoid the crowds and ensure that your furnace is fully functioning.
Improve Insulation: Check the weather stripping on windows and doors to minimize drafty weather and cut energy costs
Tackle Dust Bunnies: Take time to remove dust from all the nooks and crannies of your home. This includes vacuuming under and behind furniture, dusting blinds, curtains and window sills, and cleaning out dryer vents
Exterior Home Maintenance Tips
Trim Trees: Have a landscaping service remove any dead or decaying branches that can become hazardous in windy conditions
Check your Roof: Look for loose tiles and make any necessary repairs before the rain arrives. Also, clean out the gutters while you’re up there to ensure optimum drainage.
Patch Cracks: Inspect your home’s exterior and check for cracks in the foundation, especially near windows or other entryways. Seal them accordingly to prevent cold drafts and unwanted critters from entering your home.
Aerate and Seed your Lawn: this will allow your lawn’s root system to absorb moisture and nutrients. Once aerated, you should fertilize and overseed for maximum results. This will help keep your lawn healthy throughout the remainder of the year.
If you’re planning on selling your home before the end of the year, then take note. These home cleaning and improvement tips are a must before listing your home. Click here for a more extensive fall maintenance checklist.