Fall Home Maintenance
Oh, how I love fall! I love how the mornings are dark and cool and the evenings brisk enough for a sweater. I love the subtle change in color on the tips or the trees. Autumn. Time for football, tailgating, pumpkins, Halloween fun and oh yes, … home maintenance. I have to be honest, home maintenance is not on the top of my autumn fun list, but it is a necessity. Often, however, it hard to get a start on it and stay ahead of the season. So, here is a list to help outline the best place to start your fall home maintenance. There is also a handy checklist on Instagram and Facebook. Check them out, like us, and follow for more tips you and your home.
Foundation & Masonry
- Check chimneys, deteriorated chimney caps, loose and missing mortar.
- Check for damaged, loose or missing shingles, blisters
- Check for leaking, misaligned or damaged gutters, downspouts (leaders), hangers (straps), gutter guards and strainers
- Cut back tree limbs growing close to or touching roof
- Check flashing around roof stacks, vents, skylights and chimneys as sources of leakage
- Check vents, louvers, and chimneys for birds’ nests, squirrels, and insects
- Cut back and trim shrubs away from exterior wall
Doors & Windows
- Check caulking for decay around doors, windows, corner boards and joints. Recaulk as needed.
- Check glazing putty around windows
- Check weather-stripping
- Check faucets, hose bibs, and valves for leakage
- Keep garage doors closed to conserve energy and insulate exposed water lines in cold climates