As the leaves begin to change and the air gets a little crisper, it’s time to start thinking about outdoor fall home maintenance. Here’s tips to get your exterior ready for the winter.
- Clean gutters and downspouts: Clear out any debris that has accumulated in your gutters and downspouts. This will help prevent water damage to your home during the winter months and deter pests from nesting.
- Invest in landscaping: Trim any overgrown trees or bushes to prevent them from causing damage during winter storms. Be sure to remove any dead branches as well. Aerate your lawn and plant grass seed in preparation for Spring.
- Do an exterior inspection: Check your roof for any damage or missing shingles. Inspect your siding for any damages along with your shutters. Rotted wood shutters will only deteriorate more over the winter months. Consider replacing them with a low-maintenance option like aluminum or composite. Repairing any damage now will prevent more costly repairs in the future.
4. Clean outdoor furniture: Before storing your outdoor furniture for the winter, give it a good cleaning. This will help extend the life of your furniture.
5. Seal windows and doors: Inspect your windows and doors for any drafts. Seal any gaps to keep your home warm during the colder months. Consider investing in energy efficient windows for a long term solution.
6. Drain outdoor faucets: Turn off and drain any outdoor faucets to prevent them from freezing and causing damage.
By following these fall home maintenance tips, you can ensure that your home is ready for the fall and winter months ahead. Happy fall!