We’re not quite sure how it happened, but somehow Fall is around the corner once again. Time to trade in those carefree, warm weather days for vibrant leaves, cozy blankets, and everything pumpkin spice. However, that’s not all. This is also the time to get your home ready for the cooler weather, wind, and …we’ll just call it precipitation.
Here is a list of some of the seasonal chores to start digging into right now, in order to get your home ready for the fall season and beyond (don’t worry, we aren’t going to say the “W word” just yet).
Give Your Garage a Good Cleaning
While you won’t be putting the bikes and balls away just yet, now is still the best time to get your garage together. The weather is still warm enough to make a lengthy cleanout season comfortable, so take this time to pull everything out onto the driveway. Get rid of all the junk, like forgotten cardboard boxes, toys that have been outgrown, and old broken tools.
Then, give everything a good sweep, inspect your garage floor for cracks.
Need help clearing out the clutter? Connect with a local junk removal service.
Schedule Furnace Maintenance
Ensure the reliable performance of your furnace through the fall and winter months by scheduling a furnace maintenance service call. This essential yearly service call ensures that your furnace is in good working order. This means no unexpected breakdowns on one of those notoriously chilly nights. This is also a good way to protect your household from the threat of CO leaks.
Connect with a local HVAC professional now.
Winterize the Pool
Once the outside temperatures dip below 15 degrees, it’s time to start the winterization process for your pool. While you can certainly take on the task of draining your pool, preparing pumps and filters, removing accessories, preparing the heats, and what seems like hundreds of other tasks associated with closing an inground pool, the easiest option is to hire a pool service to do it for you.
Connect with local pool professionals in your area!
Inspect the Exterior
There are numerous little maintenance tasks that come with preparing your home’s exterior for fall. In fact, you might want to create a small checklist to help keep them organized. Here are a few of the tasks you’ll want to complete before the temperatures really begin to drop outside:
- Inspect caulking and repair as needed
- Inspect your roof and gutters
- Prune the shrubbery and protect and sensitive plants with burlap or another material
- Get rid of grubs
- Clean and clear the gardens
- Clean and prepare the deck
- Inspect gate locks
- Drain and store hoses
No time to take on these essential home exterior tasks? Why not contact a handyman service to do it all for you!
Have your Chimney and Fireplace Cleaned and Inspected
With the cozy season on the way, you’ll want to ensure that your fireplace is in good working order. If your home has a wood-burning fireplace, then you likely already know how important it is to schedule an annual cleaning and inspection before you begin using it during fall and winter.
However, what is not as commonly known is the fact that gas fireplaces should also receive an annual inspection. During an inspection, the technician will look at the exterior and interior working of your fireplace. They will check for things like log deterioration, dents in the interior, or chips in the glass. They may also test to ensure that the ignition is functioning properly and clean up any residue that may have formed.
While gas fireplaces are much cleaner than those that burn wood, you should also see about having your chimney cleaned. According to the CSIA, gas-burning fireplaces can produce corrosive acids that may damage your chimney over time. This means that the occasional chimney cleaning is probably a good idea.