Now that the summer is coming to an official end, it is about the time to start prepping your home for the cooler days ahead. You want to get a head start on all of this before the cold weather hits.
Now I know you may not want to think about the cooler months, and you might be in denial that summer is ending but your home will thank you for it.
The first item on the checklist is to check, clean, and maybe replace your gutters. Checking your gutters regularly will save you from possible flooding in the future if they are clogged. This could result in a lot of damage to your interior so bring out that latter and clean all that gunk out.
On the topic of potential flooding and leaks, inspecting your roof for any cracks in the shingles or wind damage can save you from much larger problems. Even though repairing your roof can be pricey, it literally is the roof over your head. Protecting your house and yourself from bigger problems that may occur if you don’t check your roof should be a priority.
Before the weather gets too cold, check your heating system to make sure it’s still up to snuff. You do not want the first freezing day to sneak up on you and you wake up to see your breath in the air. Therefore, checking to make sure it works properly or even getting it inspected by a professional in the early fall is a great idea.
If you happen to have a fireplace in your home, checking for any potential damage and hazards is a must. If you are new to having a fireplace, get it inspected by a chimney sweep but if you know how to inspect it yourself, make sure you do.
Repairing walkways is also important to do before it snows, and ice is coated on your steps and walkways. If the cracks are small enough to do it yourself, save the money and do it but if the cracks are major, you should always get a professional to repair it.
Bringing in outdoor furniture for the colder months and storing it in your garage if you have the space, a shed, or a storage unit will preserve the furniture from being damaged. If you do not have the option to store away the furniture, purchase waterproof covers to put over the furniture.
Now I know not everyone is ready for the fall and winter, but your home will thank you for checking up on things before the cold weather hits.