Is your home ready for cooler weather? As summer winds down, it can be a good time to check seasonal home tasks off your list.
Then you can kick back and enjoy your home with whatever makes you feel like fall — decorating with pumpkins, drinking seasonal beverages or other activities.
Complete these six maintenance chores before fall and winter arrive to get your home ready for the changing seasons.
- Clean your gutters.
You should clean out the gutters twice a year to prevent clogs. Clear gutters keep water flowing away from your house, which helps prevent exterior damage.
- Get your heating system serviced.
It’s a good idea to schedule an annual furnace or HVAC inspection and cleaning. Catching a small issue early could prevent a larger repair down the line. You also don’t want to discover that the heat isn’t working when you need it most.
- Have your chimney cleaned.
If you have a fireplace (gas or wood-burning), schedule an appointment with a professional chimney sweep before lighting the first fire of the season.
- Prepare pipes and garden hoses.
Water left in outdoor pipes and hoses could freeze and cause damage over the winter. Drain and disconnect garden hoses and cover external faucets to protect them from low temperatures.
- Inspect fire extinguishers, smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
Replace dead batteries and any devices that are more than a decade old. If you have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen, make sure the pressure gauge is charged, the lock pin is in place and the discharge nozzle is clear.
- Seal leaks around windows and doors.
Keep cold air out and warm air in. Sealing leaks will make your home stay at a more comfortable temperature, and it can also help lower your energy bills.
Maintaining a safe home is important no matter the time of year. If you have questions about your homeowners insurance, you can always get in touch to ask about your policy.