Cool breezes and colder months call for necessary upkeep. Now is a good time to be proactive about protecting your home against cooler temperatures. Follow these steps to prepare your home for fall.
Roof – Inspect for missing, loose or damaged shingles. Make necessary repairs to keep cold air and precipitation out.
Gutters and Downspouts – Clear leaves and debris. Check alignment to ensure water can flow through and drains away from your home and foundation.
Plumbing – If you’ve noticed issues or leaks, get them checked. Winterize pipes that are exposed outdoors.
Trees – Inspect your property for damaged branches, and trim limbs at least 2 feet from your roofline.
Heat – Inspect furnace, water heater and air ducts. Fix any issues and replace air filters.
Windows – Check for cracks, gaps, damaged trim and broken glass. Caulk, weather strip and repair as needed; the same goes for doors.
Detectors – Test and replace batteries in the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors that keep you safe.
Fire Extinguisher – Test your fire extinguisher and replace or recharge if necessary.
Backup – Have working flashlights and spare batteries for potential outages.
Attic – Check for moisture or leaks and repair immediately; same for basements, where necessary.