As the sun sets on summer, cool autumn temperatures are on the horizon! There’s plenty to look forward to, including pumpkins, apple orchards and beautiful harvest décor. While you mentally gear up for fall fun, don’t forget about your home. Here are some easy fall home maintenance steps to help you prepare your home, both inside and out.
Keep your lawn looking lovely
You know the saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and this applies to your lawn! If you love a lush, green yard in the summer, now is the time to begin. As the seasons transition, make sure to fertilize your grass. This simple step will help preserve your lawn throughout winter and keep weeds from sprouting next spring.
Speaking of spring, think back to those first few weeks of the season and all of those beautiful cool-weather flowers. Tulips, daffodils and hyacinths are usually the first to bloom. To enjoy these flowers next year, you’ll want to plant these springtime bulbs now.
Next, you’ll want to cover up and secure any outdoor furniture. This will protect your outdoor living space, ensuring it’s ready for you when warmer weather returns.
Easy outdoor home maintenance
Often with the fall season comes plenty of rain, so you’ll want to make sure your gutters are prepared. Clean out your rain gutters, making sure they’re free of all obstructions and debris. Next, inspect the direction of your downspouts. It’s important that they steer water away from your home’s foundation, sidewalks and driveways. If you discover they aren’t draining in the proper direction, you can place extensions on the downspouts.
Additionally, after that last mow of the summer, it’s time to care for your mower, trimmer and blower. Clean out any lingering dirt, grass and mud from your machines. Complete the winterization of your lawn care equipment by emptying fuel from the gas tanks. These preventative measures will ensure you’re ready for home maintenance next summer.
Indoor home maintenance is all about creating a warm, comfortable home as the leaves fall away. First up, pay attention to your furnace. Now is an excellent time to replace your filters. This will help it run more efficiently, which is great for your utility bill.
It’s also a good idea to schedule a furnace check-up with a professional. They will inspect it from top to bottom, catching any problems before it’s cold outside. Next, inspect exterior pipes and make sure they are insulated. This will prevent them from bursting when freezing temperatures arrive.
Your last fall home maintenance step is to carefully examine your windows and doors to ensure they are tightly sealed in order to keep warmth in and cold out. As we close our windows, that means it’s also extra important to check the batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors. The same goes for your smoke detectors too – make sure they are working properly and that they will last the entire season.
Fall in love with your home
Home maintenance isn’t a chore when you’re caring for a house you love. A few preparatory steps today will ensure you can watch the leaves fall in a cozy, inviting space. As you shop for a new home or look to refinance your existing home, the experts at First Centennial Mortgage are available at every turn. Contact a mortgage loan officer today to learn how we can find a home financing option that suits your unique needs.