Get Your Home Ready This Fall

Preventative maintenance now that can save money on expensive emergency repairs and wasted energy costs and enhance your home’s value and appeal.

Exterior Maintenance:

  1. Do a roof check: Perform a visual inspection or the roof from the ground. Look for missing, damaged, or loose shingles. If there are flat areas you may need to remove leaves and debris.
  2. Check the chimney and fireplace: If you have a wood fireplace and use it often, have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional.
  3. Stock up on firewood: Order enough for the season. Cover your firewood to keep it dry and ready.
  4. Inspect siding: Check home exterior for cracks or holes. Repair them yourself or hire a professional.
  5. Clean the gutters: Remove leaves, nests, and debris from gutters and check for leaves.
  6. Check your water drainage: Rainwater downspouts need to be clear of obstructions and direct water away from foundations, walkways, and driveways. Add extensions to downspouts if necessary.
  7. Reinforce windows and doors: Remove screens and install storm windows and doors if you use them. Check caulk and seals around all doors and windows.
  8. Turn off faucets and store hoses: Drain garden hoses and disconnect from outside spigots. Shut off exterior faucets and store hoses in a dry place so residual water will not freeze.
  9. Service sprinklers and irrigation system: To prevent freezing you need to have your system blown out. Now is also a good time to have a professional check for any repairs and mark heads near snow removal areas.
  10. Inspect trees: Check for damaged limbs that may break or that are too close to power lines or the roof.
  11. Trim landscaping: Cut back bushes, shrubs, and flowers as recommended for your climate.
  12. Bring in flowerpots: If you keep plants or flowers in pots year-round bring them inside. If you replace plants every year empty, clean, and dry pots and put away for next season.
  13. Plant bulbs: If you plant bulbs for spring, now is the time to get them in the ground.
  14. Leaf removal: Rake and remove leaves from the yard. Light leaf cover can be mulched with your mower and returned to the lawn. You can put them into a compost pile, some cities will pick up at curb strip, and some will pick up in yard garbage bags.
  15. Fertilize lawn: Applying late fall lawn fertilizer will help prevent winter damage and spring weeds. Following the Land-Art lawn care program will keep your lawn in good condition all year round.
  16. Put away seasonal furniture: Clean and store seasonal outdoor furniture. Remove and clean cushions. Wash and dry furniture and store in a dry place over winter.
  17. Organize the garage/shed: Move summer items to the back and winter items up front for better access. Remove any liquids that will freeze.


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