As the calendar turns to September, the days of summer are coming to an end and fall is set to begin. Before temperatures get too chilly, it’s important to get a head start of those tasks around your home.
Another important thing to remember is having a secure storage space is essential to keep your summer supplies and equipment safe until next year! A great way to get more space is with a quality constructed Cook shed with a variety of building options including garden sheds, barns and utility buildings.
Here are 5 more home maintenance tasks that are important to complete to get your home and family ready for fall and winter.
Clean your gutters
Clogged gutters can be problematic and cause water damage to the exterior and interior of your home. Ignored gutters can also lead to faster rust and corrosion. Your gutters work hard to divert gallons of water from your house’s foundational walls, so it’s vital to keep them flowing smoothly.
Before leaves begin to fall, clean your gutters out and cover them with a mesh guard to reduce the number of leaves that could return. After most of the leaves have fallen from your trees, clean your gutters and downspouts again then flush them with water.
Also, inspect the joins and tighten any loose brackets, if necessary. Replace gutters that are old or damaged with newer models that have a built-in leaf guard.
Take care of windows and doors
Check for gaps around your home’s windows and door frames. Sealing in any gaps with caulk and replacing weather-stripping will help reduce those winter heating bills. This is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to get your home ready.
Weather stripping does deteriorate over time, so make sure to check it periodically. A good way to check is by closing a door or window on a piece of paper. If the paper slides easily than the weather-stripping should be replaced. Also, inspect entry points for damaged or missing caulk.
Also, look for any peeling paint on exterior walls and touch-up any spots to avoid future, more expensive repairs.
Fall is an important time to fix or fill-in damaged walkways, driveways and steps. If you address these small issues now, you will avoid future problems with winter ice and snow. Smaller repairs can be done by most homeowners but larger tasks should be left to professionals.
Check for cracks more than 1/8-inch wide, uneven or loose sections, disintegration of asphalt and washed-out materials. You could also clean out driveway cracks and then reseal the entire driveway to extend its overall life.
Reverse ceiling fans
It’s important to periodically change the direction of your ceiling fans and fall is a great time to complete this task because it will redistribute the warm air. Also, remember to clean your humidifiers regularly during the fall and winter.
It’s critical to prepare your yard equipment to store throughout the winter months. Clean everything and drain fuel from gas powered equipment including law mowers, leaf blowers and chain saws. Put those things in the back of your storage building.
Then check all your winter equipment to make sure it’s in working order. Get the things you might need like shovels, rakes, etc. and place them closer to the front of a garage or storage shed for easier access.
If you need more space to store all the stuff from your summer of fun, read more about Cook Portable Warehouses and what we could do for your storage needs in our brochure.