Fall is the perfect time to take care of big home repair projects before shorter days and the weather grows colder. It is important to prepare for the winter months which can make outdoor work too difficult and to help prevent costly damage. Take some time this fall to boost energy efficiency throughout your home and prevent damage from winter storms with proper tree care. Below are the fall preventative home maintenance steps that every homeowner should follow and can rest easy knowing that your home and yard are buttoned up and ready for winter.
- Gutters and downspouts
Clean frequently throughout the fall to prevent the build-up of leaves and other debris. Neglected gutters can lead to wood rot problems, pest infestations, a damaged roof, and siding.
- Windows and doors
Inspect and repair any loose or damaged window or door frames. Installing weather stripping or caulking around windows and doors can help prevent drafts and help lower heating bills.
- Seal gaps where critters can enter
Fill any small holes or cover any larger gaps securely with heavy-duty hardware cloth to keep the wildlife outdoors.
- Inspect roof
Fall is a great time to do this because you’ll definitely want your roof in good shape before winter sets in and the snow makes it difficult to fix any problems. Look for signs of water damage, loose flashing, rotting or damaged shingles, etc.