The changing of seasons is always marked with new colors, new temperatures and homeowners writing out new to-do lists. But before you get swept up in the excitement of decorating your home for the holiday season, make sure your home’s structure and mechanicals are in as good of shape as your Thanksgiving table display.
This time of year puts your home at an increased risk for mishaps such as clogged gutters, burst pipes, and carbon monoxide; fortunately, these are all preventable with a little forethought and elbow grease. Autumn is also a terrific opportunity to improve outdoor aesthetics like paint and plant beds. The DIY network has an awesome list of seasonal maintenance tips on their website, and here are a few to get you started:
- Clean your gutters. Grab a ladder or hire a professional and get all of the wayward leaves and debris out of your gutters. This will ensure they continue functioning correctly and prevent water from going astray. Or, if you invest in gutter guards they will do the work for you.
- Insulate your pipes. Use heating tape or foam pipe insulation to protect susceptible pipes from bursting in freezing temperatures, especially if your home is older or has poor heat circulation.
- Kick carbon monoxide. If your home has a wood-burning fireplace, have it inspected and make necessary repairs to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Similarly, it’s a smart idea to have your HVAC serviced to prevent carbon monoxide and ensure that the system is running efficiently.
- Get dirty. There are so many gorgeous colors filling the outdoors this time of year, and it’s the perfect opportunity to fill your flower beds and pots with rich fall hues. Pick up some colorful pansies, or plant seasonal veggies like cabbage and brussels sprouts. Don’t forget to plant your spring bulbs and divide your thriving perennials, too!
- Apply fresh paint. Temperate weather is the ideal time to paint the exterior of your home; paint can bubble when it’s too hot or have trouble sticking if it’s too cold or humid. Not only will a fresh coat of paint significantly improve the look of your home, but it will seal up any exposed spots on your siding and trim and prevent moisture from entering.
The size and location of your home may warrant additional to-do’s, but these activities are a suitable place to start for properties of all shapes and sizes. Just imagine how good you’ll feel once these are all crossed off, and you can enjoy your pumpkin spice latte with an equally satisfying sense of achievement.