With the changing seasons comes different home maintenance chores to keep up with. While it’s customary to do lots of yard work and outdoor maintenance in the spring and summer, don’t forget about the fall. There is still plenty of home maintenance to do when the cooler weather sets in and the leaves begin to change.
Cleaning Your Gutters
Keeping your gutters clear of debris is important so that when the rainy and snowy seasons set in, they can do what they’re supposed to do. Neglected, clogged gutters can lead to roof and foundation damage because they won’t allow for proper drainage. If you plan to clean your gutters yourself, it’s crucial to put safety first. Use a steady ladder and proper equipment. However, the safest and easiest way to maintain your gutters is to have a professional maintenance or landscaping company do it for you. Be sure to do your research and hire a reputable, experienced, and insured company.
Weeding and Trimming
Once the growing season is over, it’s essential to rid your landscaping of weeds and trim any bushes or shrubbery. Once the colder weather sets in, any existing weeds or plants will dry up and look unsightly and can be a breeding ground for unwanted insects and pests. Spend an afternoon while the weather is still nice to get all your weeding and trimming done in one day. You’ll be happy you did.
Check and Replace Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
The fall is a perfect time to check the batteries in your fire and carbon monoxide detectors. It is recommended that you have a smoke detector in every bedroom and hallway in your home. There should be at least one carbon monoxide detector on every floor of your home, including the basement.