Preventative maintenance now that can save money on expensive emergency repairs and wasted energy costs and enhance your home’s value and appeal.
- 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.
- Check the chimney and fireplace: If you have a wood fireplace and use it often, have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional.
- Stock up on firewood: Order enough for the season. Cover your firewood to keep it dry and ready.
- Inspect siding: Check home exterior for cracks or holes. Repair them yourself or hire a professional.
- Clean the gutters: Remove leaves, nests, and debris from gutters and check for leaves.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Inspect trees: Check for damaged limbs that may break or that are too close to power lines or the roof.
- Trim landscaping: Cut back bushes, shrubs, and flowers as recommended for your climate.
- 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.
- Plant bulbs: If you plant bulbs for spring, now is the time to get them in the ground.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Organize the garage/shed: Move summer items to the back and winter items up front for better access. Remove any liquids that will freeze.