A summer’s worth of sun, heat, thunderstorms and rain takes a toll on a home, and with cooler temps, falling leaves and windy days right around the corner, it’s time to ready your home for fall.
Before temperatures drop and you lose the longer window of daylight, you should do an exterior check of your home and tend to repairs on the outside that can affect your home’s efficiency on the inside.
Lifehack.org writer Royale Scuderi explains that you should look for damaged, loose or missing roof shingles either through binoculars or, if safety permits, from a ladder. If you plan to fire up your fireplace on a cold night, Scuderi recommends getting it professionally inspected and cleaned—chimney included—before the winds change.
Additional outdoor to-dos include repairing any holes or cracks in your siding, cleaning the gutters out and sealing any leaks, removing obstacles from your home’s rainwater downspouts, saying goodbye to door screens and installing storm doors, and making sure all of your windows and doors are sealed properly.
Planning for spring seems odd in fall, but if you want spring blooms, Scuderi suggests planting bulbs now as well as fertilizing the lawn for protection against harsh weather. And, since cool turns quickly and sometimes unexpectedly to freezing, once the bulbs are underground Scuderi suggests draining your garden hose, packing it away and shutting off your exterior water faucets.
Once you perform your get-ready-for-fall chores outside, it’s time to turn your attention inside. First stop is the heart of the home—the kitchen, or more specifically, the pantry. GoodHousekeeping.com writer Christina Peterson suggests auditing your pantry to remove expired items and to also do a thorough vacuuming of the shelves to get rid of dust and crumbs.
If your mattress is not a pillow-top, flip it; if it is, spin it approximately 180 degrees. Once you’ve repositioned it, Peterson suggests covering it in with a coat of odor-absorbing baking soda and then vacuuming away the gritty powder.
Don’t put your trusty vacuum away just yet—Peterson suggests putting that machine to even more use by running it over all of the upholstered surfaces—especially every inch of your couch. While you’re in the living room, it’s a great time to schedule a professional cleaning for your carpets.
Peterson also recommends turning your attention to the mechanics of your home by testing and cleaning your smoke detectors; if they are older than 10 years, you need to replace them.
Your furnace is definitely in need of a yearly checkup, and Scuderi advises that an HVAC professional should check for leaks, carbon monoxide levels, heating efficiency as well as replace the filter, which is probably gunked up by now.
With cooler temperatures in your forecast, Scuderi recommends replacing old filters on your humidifier and winterizing your air conditioner.
“If your home has central air conditioning, (and you live in a climate where you won’t need it any longer,) it may be necessary to cover your outdoor unit for winter. If you use window air conditioning units, remove them or cover to prevent air leaks,” said Scuderi.
With the above tips, you will have your home prepared and ready to embrace the new season.
This article is presented by CitySide Subaru in Belmont, Massachusetts.