With the kids back in school and September right around the corner, it’s time to think about how to prep your home for the upcoming fall season. Although it may seem early, by spreading these tasks over the next few weeks, you’ll ensure your home is ready for cooler weather when it happens. Here are seven steps to get your home prepared for the fall months ahead:
1. Fertilize Your Lawn
According to experts, fertilizing your lawn in fall will protect it over the winter and help it green up faster come springtime. This is especially important in areas with hot and dry summers since grass tends to stop growing under such extremes. Dosing your lawn with fertilizer in autumn will trigger renewed growth of both blades and roots, so your lawn will be thick and healthy again before winter’s colder temperatures set in.
2. Get Your HVAC Serviced
Your AC has been faithfully chugging along all summer, and now it’s time to give it a rest. Before you tuck it away for the winter, be sure to clean the coils first. (You can find YouTube videos showing how to do this safely.) Once clean and dry, cover the AC unit to keep debris and ice from damaging your system. Then move indoors and switch your thermostat from cooling to heating, and be sure to change the filter. You should also take a walk around your home to make sure all vents are uncovered, and maybe give them a DIY air duct cleaning.
3. Clean Your Gutters
You do not want to skip this project! If you have clogged gutters, it can channel water down the side of your home which can damage the foundation, flood your basement, or destroy your landscaping. It is not too hard to clean your gutters yourself, but it’s best to do it with a partner. One person can hold the ladder and the other climbs up and pulls debris out of the gutters. But if that is not an option for you, then you can hire a gutter cleaning company.
4. Drain and Store Your Lawn Equipment
Over time, unused gas goes through chemical changes which leads to gum and other harmful deposits that can destroy your lawn equipment. So after you’ve given your lawn a final once-over for the season — usually around mid-October — you should drain the tanks of your lawn mower, leaf blower, and weed eater. Fall is also a good time to get your lawn mower blades sharpened so they’ll be ready for next Spring.
5. Turn Off and Drain Outdoor Faucets/Sprinklers
Busted water faucets can be a disaster! Be sure to disconnect your outdoor hoses, turn off the outdoor water supply, and then open faucets and run your sprinkler system to drain them of water. Once drained, you can take steps to prevent frozen pipes.
6. Inspect and Clean Your Chimney
Even gas fireplaces need their chimneys cleaned and inspected to ensure there are no bird or squirrel nests blocking the flue, and that the chimney pipe is free of cracks that can allow smoke to enter your home. This job is best left to pros. Contact a chimney cleaning company and have yours inspected before winter hits.
7. Get Your Ice Melt and Snow Blower Ready
Don’s wait until the first snow flies to get your winterized items. People don’t think about snow until the weather forecast mentions it and by then, it’s often too late to find snow gear until the stores replenish their supplies. That’s why it’s smart to stock up on such things in autumn when they’re plentiful and, not surprisingly, lower-priced. Even if you think you’ve got enough left from last year, or that your snow blower or shovel are in good shape, take a few moments to check so you don’t get caught out in the cold finding out you’re wrong.
Information from housewifehowtos.com