It’s still summer, but if you slowly start whittling down this list, you will transition into a more enjoyable autumn and winter season and your home won’t look like this one!
GET YOUR INTERIOR PREPPED FOR FALL AND WINTER.
Check for and repair air leaks. Look for drafts from windows, doors or even wall outlets. Use a stick of incense and see If the smoke is sucked out or blown in, then you’ve confirmed you have a draft.
Light the fireplace and clean the chimney, even if it’s a gas fireplace, make sure it’s working properly before the season.
Check your HVAC – though it’s still summer, turn on your heater to ensure it’s working properly. If you put this one off, you may be waiting a long time for a professional and it will cost more.
Check/change smoke detector and carbon dioxide batteries and test.
Clean the carpets – carpet cleaners typically will have a sale on carpet cleaning. Seek out coupons!
Reverse your ceiling fans. Summer blows down (counter-clockwise) Winter blows up (clockwise)
Change and clean filters. Keep all vents lint and dust free.
NOW IS THE PERFECT TIME TO PREP YOUR EXTERIOR FOR THE ELEMENTS.
Clear out garden plots and planters.
Stowe pool and outdoor toys.
Clean out gutters and check water drainage.
Inspect driveways walkways and patios/decks and protect the surfaces.
Change your watering schedule with your sprinkler system.
Prepare for frozen pipes –Pipe sleeves, heat tape, old sheets… anything to keep them from freezing.
Scrub your outdoor grill and bring in those grill utensils.
Sweep out the garage.
Clean and drain your lawn mower.
Plant bulbs for pretty spring blooming flowers and protect your plants from the freeze.
Inspect trees and trim landscaping. You may consider adding some mulch to keep weeds down during the winter.
Check your roofs condition – making certain there will be no leaks during the rainy season. Check for any missing shingles or tiles.
- Fertilize grass. Check with your local nursery for the best type of fertilizer for your area for a beautiful spring lawn.
Yes, the list is long, but give yourself 3 – 4 weeks and you will be so happy you started early. And just like that, your home is cozy and ready for what’s coming – Fall and Winter. Enjoy the easy transition!