The Importance of Fall Home Maintenance Tasks

Published on 10/8/2021

The Importance of Fall Home Maintenance Tasks

This time of year can feel so special. The weather continues to cool and there are fun seasonal activities at the pumpkin patch or apple orchard. And the holiday season is approaching as well. Amid this busy and fun time, it’s important to also consider what kinds of maintenance your home needs before the colder winter months arrive. These tasks are so important to do before the onset of winter. Tending to your home regularly also just helps prevent larger problems from arising down the road. Get started today with these home maintenance tasks for fall.

1. Clean your gutters thoroughly.

Throughout the summer and early fall, the gutters tend to fill up with dirt, debris and leaves. This is totally normal and to be expected. However, before winter arrives, it’s really important to clean those out. Remove the debris and then rinse with a garden hose or even a large bucket of water. This ensures the gutters and piping outside of your home are clear and can do their job properly to remove water from the roof. 

2. Seal up any air leaks throughout the home.

You might not have noticed leaks that have sprung up over the summer in your home. But as winter arrives, you will definitely feel those drafts. Your wallet will feel it as well as those leaks let out valuable heat from your home and run up the electric bill. So inspect doorways and windows for any leaks. You might need to replace some weather-stripping or even caulking around doors and windows to prevent any loss of heat. 

3. Clean and inspect the furnace.

To make sure your furnace is running at top capacity, do a thorough inspection. You’ll probably want to change out the filter. The filter collects dust from the air of your home but overtime it gets too dirty and clogged. Changing it out helps the furnace run smoother and more efficiently. This also helps cut down on your heating bill. While you’re at it, make sure the furnace isn’t in need of any other repairs. You don’t want to find out there’s a problem when you’re already in the midst of 30 degree weather.

4. Winterize the yard. 

Now is also the time to winterize your yard. Your flowers, shrubs and plants will thank you in the springtime for this step. You definitely want to set aside enough time to tackle all the raking of those fall leaves. And then beyond that, you’ll want to fertilize and trim back shrubs, trees, and plants. It’s also a great idea to add a layer of fresh mulch overtop flowerbeds and plants. This helps keep them warm and protected during the cold of winter. 

Set aside a couple weekend days over the next few weeks to tackle some of these fall maintenance tasks. Maybe sip some chai tea or hot apple cider while you work as a nice treat. Let us know how we can help with any storage needs you may have before the winter too. We have lots of storage options available!