Fall Exterior Home Maintenance: Get Your Home Ready for Cozy Autumn Days!
10 Tips to Prepare Your Home's Exterior for Autumn and Winter
Hello, homeowners! Fall is finally here, and you know what that means – it's time for hayrides, bonfires, hot apple cider, and, of course, fall exterior home maintenance! While it might not be as exciting as picking out the perfect pumpkin, taking care of your home's exterior now will help ensure trouble-free autumn and winter. So, let's roll up our sleeves and get started on prepping your home for the chilly months ahead!
1. Roof Repairs and Gutter Cleaning
We all know that leaves start to fall this time of year, and the last place you want them piling up is in your gutters. Climb up there (safely!) or hire a pro to clean them out. While you're at it, check your roof for any missing shingles or damage. Fixing these issues now can prevent leaks and water damage later.
2. Garden TLC
Bid farewell to summer's blooms and get your garden ready for winter. Trim back bushes and trees to prevent them from overgrowing. Also, remember to rake up fallen leaves and debris. A tidy garden not only looks great but also helps protect your lawn from suffocating under a blanket of leaves.
3. Check the Chimney and Fireplace
If you're lucky enough to have a fireplace, now is the time to make sure it's safe and ready for use. Schedule a professional chimney sweep to remove any soot and debris. Don't forget to test the damper to ensure it's working correctly, preventing drafts and heat loss.
4. Seal Cracks and Gaps
Inspect the windows and doors around your home for any gaps or cracks. A little weatherstripping or caulk can go a long way in keeping your home cozy and energy-efficient during the colder months.
5. Exterior Paint and Siding
Take a walk around your house and look for any chipped or peeling paint. Touch up these areas before the weather gets worse. Also, inspect your siding for damage or rot, and make necessary repairs. A well-maintained exterior not only protects your home but also keeps it looking fresh.
6. Garden Hose Care
Before the frost arrives, drain your garden hoses and store them in a dry place. Also, don't forget to shut off the outdoor faucets to prevent freezing.
7. Gutters and Downspouts
Gutters are your first line of defense against water damage. Ensure they're securely attached, not sagging, and clear of leaves and debris. Pay special attention to any leaks or damage and repair as needed.
8. Test Outdoor Lighting
As the days get shorter, outdoor lighting becomes essential for safety and aesthetics. Replace any burnt-out bulbs in exterior fixtures and make sure pathways and entrances are well-lit.
9. Foundation Check
Inspect your home's foundation for cracks or signs of settling. Addressing foundation issues promptly can prevent costly problems down the road.
10. HVAC Maintenance
Schedule a professional HVAC inspection and cleaning to ensure your heating system is in top shape. Changing or cleaning filters is a simple task that can improve your system's efficiency.
There you have it, folks – your friendly guide to fall exterior home maintenance. Taking a little time now to care for your home's exterior can save you headaches and money in the long run. Plus, it gives you more time to enjoy those pumpkin spice lattes and cozy sweaters! So, grab your toolbox, or call in the professionals, and get your home ready for the season of crunchy leaves and crisp air. Your home will thank you later.
Should you discover that you need to do any repairs or replacements to your home's roof, gutters, or siding, make sure to give Caliber Roofing & Exterior Solutions a call at 717-542-8456. We provide free inspections and estimates to homeowners in Dover, Hanover, Red Lion, Shrewsbury, Spring Grove, York, and the surrounding communities in Pennsylvania.
Happy fall, everyone! 🍂🏡🍁