Vacations have been completed, kids are back in school, and we’re heading towards the cooler weather that Fall brings. Now marks the perfect time to focus a little more on home life and preparing your home for a busy and fun holiday season. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years celebrations will be here before you know it, so don’t let home maintenance or repairs inconvenience you when you are busy later in the fall and winter. Here are a few recommendations of items to attend to towards the end of Summer, so that you and your family can have peace-of-mind throughout the fall and winter.
Have your chimney professionally cleaned and inspected
Before you set fire to logs in your fireplace, make sure that your chimney is clean and safe to use. Each year in the US over 20,000 homes suffer from chimney and/or fireplace fires according to the Chimney Safety Insitute of America. These fires could have been prevented if the homeowners were more diligent about keeping their fireplace or chimney clean.
Change your air filters
According to most heating and cooling experts, air filters should be changed at the very minimum every 3 months, so to help you remember – you should change the air filter at least every time the season changes. Staying stocked up on air filters is the easiest way to avoid putting off the taks of replacing these filters in your home, so buy your filters now so they are ready to go on September 23rd. Keep in mind that replacing air filters regularly can help reduce the amount of dust and allergens in the air as well as improving effeciency with your heating and cooling system. Every home is individual, so keep an eye on the filters you are replacing to get an idea for how often you should replace them.
Clean up and tune up your lawn mower before it takes a much-needed break
Lawn mowers and other yard maintenance equipment may be heading to the shed for a bit of R&R, but before you lock up the shed and throw away the key make sure to give them a little TLC. Sharpening your lawn mower’s blades can help produce a cleaner cut which will keep the grass from growing back as fast (read: you won’t have to mow as often). You also want to refer to the equipment’s user manual to determine other specific maintenance requirements to perform in the fall. Always put safety first when servicing or using lawn equipment.
Check your gutters and remove any debris
It’s important to verify your gutters are clear of leaves, sticks, and wildlife at the beginning of each season. We may not often experience rain in North Texas, however when we do it’s usually raining cats and dogs. Gutters help direct water away from your home which is extremely important to homes with wood siding.
Re-seal windows and replace weather stripping on doors as needed
Clean and sanitize your outdoor garbage bins
This may seem unimportant, but can you remember the last time your outdoor garbage bins were sanitized and cleaned? Every week they sit in front of or behind your house and they can become an eyesore if covered with dirt or dust. You could even repurpose the soapy water you use to wash your car to give your bins a quick scrub down.
Inspect your fence for damage, weak spots, or eyesores
Fences serve many purposes from keeping pests out and keeping pets in to allowing children a safe place to play away from streets or cars. Routine fence maintenance can prolong the life of your fence and
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Evaluate whether your home or eaves need to be repainted
Inspect your deck or patio and repair any damages or wear
Patch or seal your concrete & asphalt driveway areas