As the season transitions from summer to fall, your activity schedule and chore list may slow down or be reduced. However, you still don’t want to spend all of your free time engaged in home maintenance projects. Consolidating some of your fall maintenance checks can free up more of your evening and weekend time for enjoyable activities.
It’s imperative that you keep safety in the forefront of your mind when climbing onto the roof to clean gutters. Instead of repeatedly having to venture up the ladder, go ahead and check the condition of your roof and the area around your chimney while you’re up there. If repairs are needed, take care of those promptly then safely store your ladder away.
Walkways and steps
Raking leaves is as much a part of fall maintenance as lawn mowing is a part of summer maintenance. Wet and damp leaves can cause rotting, mold or mildew problems. Keeping leaves raked can prevent those issues from developing. Clearing leaves, acorns, and other seasonal debris off of your deck, steps, and walkways makes them safer. While clearing these areas, check for cracks, chips, or loose boards that need repair. You can save time by inspecting and preparing these areas instead of putting the task off until a later date. You’ll also reduce the chances of someone tripping over cracks in your walkway.
Washing windows is a task that often appears on the fall maintenance list. While you’re washing windows and cleaning window sills, check for cracks or improperly fitting windows. Repair what you can with weatherstripping or caulking and replace the windows that need replacing. This will save you a considerable amount of money on your heating cost as the temperatures drop. This is also a good time to invest in thermal window coverings.