How to Prepare Your Home for Fall (Madison & Co.)

Things to consider as the winter weather starts rolling in!

Homes need people. They deteriorate quickly when they’re not getting attention. Fall is a really good time to start thinking about your home maintenance as well as getting it ready for the colder weather. Here are a few items that you can do to get ready for the winter and help keep your home happy:

In the Garden

  • Remove any dead or dying limbs from the trees

  • Cut back your landscaping

  • Bring in the potted plants

  • Fertilize and reseed your lawn

  • Close the pool

  • Clean and cover, or store, your patio furniture

  • Winterize in-ground sprinklers and / or drip irrigation systems

Around the House

  • Clean out the gutters and downspouts

  • Check all weather stripping around your doors and windows, and replace if needed

  • Check the weather seal at the bottom of the garage door

  • Check the roof and repair any holes or loose shingles; check all flashing and replace any failed sealant

  • Check exterior caulk, especially at corners of siding and around any entry points for wiring and plumbing

  • Remove branches hanging over the roof

  • Before it freezes - turn off outdoor plumbing; disconnect hoses and store them indoors

  • Fix cracks in your patio or driveway

  • Fix any exterior paint that is peeling (before the weather makes it worse!)

  • Get the windows cleaned (you’re spending more time inside, make the view great!)

Inside the House

  • Check the fireplace for damage, creosote build-up, and the occasional bird’s nest - and have it cleaned

  • Stock up on firewood Have your HVAC serviced

  • Check all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms - if needed, replace batteries

  • Make a dedicated space for coats, muddy shoes, umbrellas, and all-weather gear

  • Reverse your fans - if they turn clockwise, they’ll circulate the warm air

  • Clean your carpets

  • Break out your humidifier

  • Bring out the cozy bedding and store your summer-weight linens

  • Change your air filters

  • Insulate exposed water pipes to keep them from bursting

  • Drain your hot water heater

In the Garage

  • Winterize and store the lawn mower and other summer garden tools

  • Make sure all of your winter tools have been serviced and are easily accessible

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