Autumn House Maintenance Tips
With temperatures outside dropping and weather anomalies causing countries and locations to experience never before seen cold times, it might be a good idea to consider doing some maintenance work on your house. It is the best time to take advantage of the moderate temperatures now and the last bits of free time you will get – we all know how demanding holidays can be, how many other things will require your attention and how impossible it will be to think about repairs and winter preparations.
House Maintenance Tips
With that said, be ready to devote some time to your house and prepare it for the coming cold weather. There are three main areas that will require maintenance and cleaning. Let’s see each of them and what you need to do there:
The exterior of your home will be the object of rough weather, so you must check for any problems. One of the most important things you will have to do is to inspect windows and areas where masonry meets siding for any cracks, openings or holes. These areas are problematic in that your house will lose heat from them, resulting in very ineffective heating during winter. You must make sure you seal those areas with a caulking gun. Another thing to consider against the cold is installing storm windows and doors, in the place of summer screens. Clean and store the latter in a garage or basement. Next see if any exterior paint is showing signs of peels and failing. Cleaning off the old one and applying new paint will protect the siding, saving you from potential problems in the future. Inspect your roof for damaged areas and clean the gutters of any leaves and debris.
Your garden and patio need attention too. You will have to plant your spring flowering bulbs and protect your plants from pests. Clean and store your gardening equipment, as well as any mowers and chain saws, and take out your snow equipment. Drain your garden hose and pipes as well as outdoor water source. Otherwise it can freeze and expand, causing damage to them. After performing patio cleaning, make sure you inspect the supports and stair handrails for any damage. Clean your outside furniture and umbrellas and store them to protect it from the cold.
Along with deep cleaning your house to get it ready for the coming holidays, you must do a whole lot of other maintenance inside. Caulk windows on the inside, just like you did outside. Inspect for air leaks and seal them with caulk and weather stripping. Have your heating system inspected and prepared for winter. If you are lucky to own a fireplace, inspect the chimney and make sure your wood is at hand and ready to go. Kitchen cleaning, along with sanitizing any other room you will use a lot during the cold days outside, will ensure sanitized and fresh environment for everyone. Consider getting carpet cleaning early, before temperatures drop down significantly, delaying carpet drying, or making it impossible.
There is a lot of work that needs to be done around the house to prepare it for the cold months to come. Remember that nothing can ensure comfort more than a clean home and lots of holiday mood.