by Paul Denikin
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The kids are back in school, and you can feel the heat of the summer start to disappear. autumn is coming, and winter is always close behind. After a summer of heat, you’re probably looking forward to the cooler months. But is your house ready?
Taking Care Of The Outside
The weather in autumn and winter can be tough on the outside of your home. Zillow explains there are two areas you need to focus on before the weather turns cold:
● For the patio, take in any outdoor furniture or at least store the cushions somewhere dry. If you have a grill, clean it thoroughly and add a light layer of oil to any moving parts. And if you have a deck, make sure the wood is properly sealed.
● No one wants to organize the garage when it’s freezing outside, so tackle this now. By getting your garage clean and organized, it will be easier to find things when you need
But you should also look at your driveway. Warm summers followed by cold, wet winters wreak havoc on driveways and lead to deep cracks and potholes. Not only is this unsafe, it makes shoveling snow on the driveway that much more difficult. Use fillers and sealants now before things get worse.
Now the outside of your home is prepared, it’s time to look inside. This is where your family will be spending their time at home, so it makes sense to prepare the indoors for colder months.
Housecall explains that one of the first things you need to do is inspect your furnace. This is crucial to your family’s comfort during winter, and it likely hasn’t been used since last winter. Hire a professional to inspect and maintain your furnace before the weather turns cold. And if your furnace is 20 years old or more, consider replacing it entirely.
The furnace isn’t the only indoor task that needs to be done. Redfin has a great list of home maintenance tasks perfect for the end of summer, such as:
● Make sure all electronics are plugged into surge protectors
● Establish an indoors maintenance schedule to keep the place clean and safe.
Speaking of safety, winter is the time for many accidents, especially house fires. Between working fireplaces and space heaters, there are more chances for an accidental fire to break out. That’s why your end-of-summer maintenance isn’t complete without inspecting your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Of course, you should replace the batteries. But you also need to clean them. Dust can collect on these detectors and make it harder to detect smoke or carbon monoxide, defeating the purpose of having them. Once cleaned and with new batteries, test every one to ensure they work.
Preparing your home for autumn and winter won’t take too much work. Start by getting your patio, deck, and driveway ready for cold weather. Then inspect your furnace and pipes inside the house, and make sure your detectors are working properly. This way, your family can be safer and more comfortable this upcoming season.