As most homeowners know taking care of a home is a year-round job. Hi, I’m David Leon for American Home Shield. Breaking down maintenance choice by season can really help you stay on top of things. Here are some tips that might benefit your home this fall.
After the bulk of autumn leaves drop, clean your home’s gutters and downspouts to prevent blockages and dams. Make sure downspouts are positioned to direct water away from the walls. Trim back all trees from your roof to protect it from falling limbs during winter weather.
Fall is generally a good time to prune most landscaping plants throughout your property. To make sure your fireplace is ready to use, check your chimney for loose bricks or missing mortar. Have it professionally cleaned and inspected for safety.
Speaking of fire safety, test all your smoke alarms.
When you sit your clock back for Daylight Savings Time, remember to change smoke alarm batteries too. Review the location of all gas and water shut-off valves with all members of your household.
Have your heating system serviced one month before cold weather sets in. Make sure your system’s filters are clean and ready to go. When the growing season winds down take your lawn mower to have it serviced and the blades sharpened so it will be ready to use again next spring.
If you have an automatic lawn irrigation system, you may need to have it winterized. I hope these maintenance suggestions got you thinking about how you can get your home ready for the cooler weather.