It seems that fall is coming and going very quickly this year. MommyMatter thought it was time to begin preparing our homes for the cold, yucky season ahead. We know this winter isn’t going to be a pleasant one, so we are preparing ahead of time to avoid having to do any outdoor maintenance in the cold. Check out our simple list of fall home maintenance to make your fall clean up a breeze.
Fall Home Maintenance Checklist
- Clean the fireplace
- Schedule a chimney cleaning
- Insulate water pipes
- Fill window and door cracks
- Clean the gutters
- Put away plants and gardening tools
- Have your furnace inspected
- Check battery-operated devices
Fall is the perfect time of your to do all the necessary preparations for a long winter ahead of us. By doing the above items, you are not only going to make winter a breeze, but also minimize the amount of home maintenance you have to do in the spring. Two of the most important items that you should do yearly is have your chimney cleaned and furnace inspected. Both of these items are used regularly throughout the winter months, and having them running in tip top shape before winter is key to a warm winter.
While you are cleaning out the gutters, why not make sure all your Christmas lights are working and change out any bulbs that are not. Avoid repairing blown out light bulbs in the cold and do it when it is still warm, and you are already up there cleaning anyways.
For all those battery operated devices, if the items are not going to be utilized throughout the winter months, it is recommended to remove the batteries from the items and place in a warm place where you can charge them every 30-60 days. You will want to give your batteries a full charge several times throughout the winter months to ensure that they do not become faulty batteries. Consider purchasing a triple charger for in your garage. They are a great addition for keeping unused batteries charged throughout winter.
The fall months are the month to be very prepared. By getting things done in the fall, you are avoiding an even larger mess in the spring as things thaw out. Give your home the fall TLC it needs and help it be prepared for the blistering cold months of winter today!