Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

As summer reaches its end and the days gets shorter, there are important tasks you can do to ensure your home is prepared for the changing season. Fall foliage is beautiful; however, it’s not as enjoyable when it clogs your gutters and builds up on your lawn. Take these fall home maintenance tips into account during the cool autumn months. You’ll find that for most of the tips listed below, you can probably handle these projects yourself.

Fall Home Maintenance

By performing these household tasks, it will guarantee your home will be safe and prepared for the colder months ahead.

  1. Assess the Roof: Look for damaged, loose, or missing shingles that can cause leaks and–in the winter—ice dams.
  2. Examine Gutters and Downspouts: Check the gutters for damage and confirm they’re securely attached to the house. By routinely cleaning your gutters and downspouts from debris, you will prevent accumulated water which leads to roof damage, water leakage, and mold issues.
  3. Inspect Windows and Doors: Check for gaps between your siding, window, or door frames. Fill gaps around windows and doors with caulking or weather stripping: a lot of heat can escape through these areas.
  4. Tidy the Yard: Upkeep the yard by raking leaves and maintaining the trees on your property. Trim the trees yourself or contact a professional to take care of this for you. All it takes is one storm, and a tree can topple over, causing immense damage to your property.
  5. Check the Chimney: Make sure to have your chimney cleaned and maintained by a professional. Without inspection, you have a higher chance of chimney leaks and home fires.
  6. Inspect Heating System: Turn the heating system on before the freezing temperature arrives to ensure it is working properly. Too many people wait till it’s too late and are left freezing in their own homes. Have your heating system cleaned and inspected annually by a qualified technician.
  7. Critter-Proofing: During this time, animals and insects start searching for winter shelter. Check the attic, crawl-spaces, chimney’s flue, and roof vents. Use wire mesh, caps and covers to cover the chimney and vents. Seal all crevices and gaps with caulk or other sealing materials to prevent infestation.
  8. Up-to-Date Smoke Detectors: Make sure each of the detectors in your home are up to date and functioning properly. Test them monthly and change the battery annually or as needed.

Check Your Homeowners Insurance

Standard homeowner’s policies provide coverage for disasters such as damage to fire, lighting, hail, explosions, and theft. Remember, damage due to homeowner negligence and lack of maintenance is typically not covered by home insurance policies. Another tip, look at your policy and see what is not provided coverage. That way, you can prepare and prevent future costly damages.

As fall approaches, make sure you’re ready with the proper maintenance. These steps you take during the fall can help protect your home and property from potentially expensive damage and emergency repairs in the colder months to come. Keep your home safe and secure throughout the colder months with a suitable homeowner’s insurance policy. Contact an expert agent at TJ Woods today!