As the saying goes, timing is everything. And when it comes to maintaining a home, this couldn’t be more true. As summer continues to wind down, now is a good time to think about getting your home ready for the cold weather months. To assist you, Cormack’s home maintenance experts have prepared this Fall Home Maintenance Checklist.
Your foundation is a critical part of your home, but one that most of us probably don’t think about. Take a walk around your home’s exterior and check for cracks and other signs of damage to your home’s exterior walls, brick, and siding.
Make sure there’s no moisture in your attic or outdoor light coming through your roof boards. This is a sign of a major roof problem. To prevent winter ice dams (and damage to your home), ensure your attic insulation isn’t covering vents in the eaves.
3. Doors & Windows
Inspect the weather stripping and caulking around your doors and windows. Replace any loose or worn weather strippling and fill any cracks in the caulking to prevent drafts and water damage.
4. Gutters and Downspouts
- Make sure your gutters are securely fastened in place so they’ll be ready for the powerful winds of winter.
- Ensure water isn’t coming down behind them or pooling, which can damage your foundation or walkway.
- Throughout the fall months, be sure to remove any debris buildup, which can lead to wood rot problems and pest infestations. Consider installing a gutter guard or screen, which prevents debris buildup.
- If you find any holes in your gutters, be sure to fill them with exterior-grade caulking.
While you can look for obvious signs of roof damage, including granules in your gutters and missing shingles—it’s really hard to get a good look at your roof without climbing up a ladder. This is one job best left to the professionals. If your roof is over 20 years old, it’s probably a good time to schedule an inspection.
Your deck takes a beating all year long. Check for damaged, cracked, or split boards, and make sure there are no weakened or unstable areas in need of repair. If it needs painting or staining, now is a great time to do it.
7. Lawn and Garden
- Continue to mow your lawn into late fall, then store your mower in a dry place.
- Drain your hoses and turn off any outdoor water and sprinkler systems.
- Put your garden to bed, following these instructions.
- At the end of the season, put away all outdoor toys, furniture, statuary, etc. These items can get damaged in the winter and present a safety hazard during high winds.
To prevent your pipes from freezing during the extreme cold, ensure they are well-insulated.
Clean your ducts to reduce household dust and improve your heating system’s operational efficiency. If it’s been a while, replace your furnace filter. Likewise, consider scheduling a heating system inspection and maintenance appointment with a professional. This ensures your system is operating at an optimum level, and allows you to address any minor issues before they require costly repairs.
If you have a fireplace, make sure your flue has a tight seal when closed. If it’s been a while since your last chimney inspection, schedule an appointment to ensure it’s ready for the burning season.
Consider a Home Maintenance Assessment
We get it. You’re busy trying to eke out every last bit of summer you can. If you don’t have time to go through this checklist, schedule a Home Maintenance Assessment with the professionals at Cormack Construction. We’ll conduct a thorough inspection of your home and help you identify and prioritize any home maintenance issues or problems.
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Need help with your home maintenance or repair jobs? The Cormack team is here to help. We have the skills, tools, and experience to handle jobs of any size. Give us a call at 603. 367.8272 or contact us online.