Although it might not feel like it at the moment, fall and
cooler temperatures are on the horizon. Summer’s reach may seem to extend into
September, but before we know it leaves will be begin to fall, the wind will start
to pick up, and sweaters will become a necessity.
Before fall hits in full force, consider taking care of the
following home maintenance items. These are simple chores that can go a long
way in protecting your home and your family during the cooler months. Completing
them now, while they are less of a hassle, as opposed to in the future when you
may be faced with turbulent weather and other obstacles, is a smart move.
It’s a good idea to clean your gutters or eaves every few
months. Dirt and debris can easily accumulate in these spaces over time,
preventing water from properly flowing through them. Gutters exist to collect
precipitation and move it away from the home. When rain can’t move through your
gutters it will spill over onto your roof, which can cause leaks and water
damage. Long story short, cleaning your gutters regularly can save you a lot of
money and frustration.
If you don’t seal foundation and window frame cracks in your
home you may notice autumn’s cooler temperatures sooner than your neighbors.
Caulking cracks not only helps to keep warm air in and cold air out, it also
helps protect your space from rodents looking for a winter home. Fall is the
time when our furry frenemies start looking for places to survive the winter.
Help make sure you aren’t unsuspectingly sharing your space by sealing cracks –
or as rats/mice see them: entryways!
We encourage readers to test their smoke detectors and
carbon monoxide alarms on almost every maintenance blog we write. Here’s why:
it’s really important! These devices
save lives, yet they are so easily overlooked. To help make sure they’re
functioning properly they should be tested every month, and their batteries
should be changed twice a year.
Pro Tip: Change your
smoke detector batters when you change your clocks for Daylight Saving’s time.
It happens twice a year, and you’re already going around your home resetting
the clocks – it’s the perfect time to get it done.
Seasonal changes are the perfect time to get some organizing
done. As you put away your summer clothes and bring your jackets and boots out
of storage, why not switch other storage items around? You can restructure your
storage spaces to bring upcoming holiday decorations to a more accessible spot,
and move summer stuff to the back. It’s also a great time to assess your stuff.
What summer items did you use or wear this season? What stayed on the shelf?
Get rid of unused or unwanted items while the memories are fresh, instead of
during spring cleaning when you’re excited about the potential of using/wearing
these things during the warmer weather.
Once your maintenance is complete, it’s time to update the inside
of your home for fall. Happy Fall Y’all!