Jumpstart Your Fall To-Do List With These Home Maintenance Tips

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It’s finally October, and while it may not feel like it everywhere, it’s officially fall. As you prepare for festivities you’ll enjoy with the season change, it’s important to also prepare your home to save money and eliminate stress during the colder months that follow.

According to HouseLogic, there are 10 things that you have to do to prepare your home for the new season.

# 1. Increase the Life of Your Lawn Mower

You most likely will not be using your lawn mower as it gets colder. In order to make sure your lawn mower is ready for use after fall and winter, you can increase its life by adding fuel stabilizer to its gas tank before stowing it away.

# 2. Prepare Pipes for Cold Weather

You don’t want to have a situation where your pipes burst, so ensuring that they are safe from water buildup is a must. Detach garden houses from outdoor faucets and turn off shutoff valves to eliminate leaks.

# 3. Drain Your Sprinkler System

Sprinkler systems can be the cause of costly repairs if not maintained properly during the colder months. Turn off water and air out the irrigation lines through the system’s main valves. You can also hire a professional — an option that can save you a lot more in the future for a small cost upfront.

# 4. Seal Cracks Around the Exterior

One of the cheapest, and most important things you can do to prepare your home for colder weather is to seal the cracks on the exterior to prevent cold air and moisture from getting inside your walls.

# 5. Clean and De-Gunk Your Gutters

One of the most beautiful things about fall can also be the most detrimental things to the value of your home. Clogged rain gutters, due to fallen leaves, twigs and and gunk, can result in poor drainage.

# 6. Inspect Your Roof

You should observe your roof for any cracks, decays, missing or buckled shingles, and rust spots on the flashing. The goal is to identify and rectify any issues before they become bigger issues.

# 7. Inspect the Soil Around Your Home’s Foundation

Check to see that the soil around your home’s foundation slopes away from your house so that the runoff is draining properly. Preventing the soil from becoming soaked will prevent cracks and leaks.

# 8. Hire a Heating Professional

Get your heating system checked and your furnace turned up for the colder weather. You should also get your filter replaced if you haven’t already done so.

# 9. Cut Plant and Tree Limbs

In the event of windy weather, you’ll want to make sure that your home is free from being damaged by plant and tree limbs and branches. The idea is to prune them so that they are at least three feet from your house.

# 10. Inspect Your Fireplace

Use a flashlight to look up the chimney to check for birds’ nests, branches, leaves or other obstructions that can make it unsafe to burn your fireplace during colder months.