As fall creeps up on us (despite the unyielding heat), it’s time to create a home maintenance checklist. Think of it like those who are preparing to head back to school with their notebooks and pens — or more like the teachers changing out billboards and adding new signs on the walls. Your house has different needs in the fall and winter months than it does in the summer and spring, so it’s best to get a jumpstart on your checklist before it gets too chilly outside and your front porch is full of pumpkins.
- Clean out the Gutters
Your gutters may not have gotten too filthy during the summer, but those leaves will be falling soon. Doing it now means as the leaves fall, you won’t have to worry about your gutters getting too clogged, leading to water and siding damage.
- Check Window & Door Seals
It may not be too cool outside yet, but you can get a headstart on future drafts by checking the seals around your windows and doors. With a little extra caulking, you can be sure that you aren’t losing any of your precious heat this winter through any gaps.
- Clean Yard Equipment
Soon you won’t need to use that equipment, but don’t just push your lawn mower, blower, and weedeater into the shed. Be sure to clean all of your lawn care equipment so there won’t be any problems when you get ready to pull it out in the spring.
- Repair Any Foundation or House Damage
Peeling paint, cracks in the foundation, or damage to your siding should all be addressed as soon as possible. Leaving these issues, especially into the cooler months, can lead to more extensive damage like structural problems or leaks.
- Disinfect & Store Flower Pots
All of those flower pots on your deck and patio looked beautiful all summer long, but if you aren’t filling them with fall flowers, you need to repair, disinfect, and store the pots. Leaving them outside with cracks or chips could mean that the cooling temperatures cause them to shatter and leaving soil in them could lead to mildew and mold.
- Organize the Shed
Pull out the winter and fall things you’ll need like snow equipment or salt for the driveway so that it’s in front of your spring items like your lawnmower or other yard equipment.
- Inspect Your Roof
In the same vein as your gutters, there could potentially be a lot of things falling on your roof, not to mention rain, snow, and ice as the winter months get closer. A damaged roof can also allow a lot of heat to escape, so you’ll want to keep that in mind as you check it out, too.
This is just a start, but keeping a close eye on your Atlanta home can help lead you into an exciting fall. Camdur Building Group is available for repairs, so be sure to contact us if your home needs some sprucing up for fall. (We don’t carve jack-o-lanterns though.)