As summer comes to an end, it's a good time to perform some home maintenance tasks to prepare for the transition to the cooler months. Here are some end-of-summer home maintenance tasks you should add to your to-do list.
Remove leaves, debris, and any blockages from gutters and downspouts to ensure proper drainage and prevent ice dams from forming and creating water damage.
Inspect the roof for any loose, damaged, or missing shingles. Address any issues to prevent leaks during the upcoming rainy season.
Prune overgrown branches and shrubs to prevent potential hazards during storms and to encourage healthy growth.
Check windows and doors for gaps or cracks that could let cold air in during the winter. Seal with weatherstripping or caulking as needed.
Clean, oil, and properly store gardening tools to prevent rust and ensure they're in good condition for next season.
Clean or replace air filters in your HVAC system. Consider scheduling a professional maintenance check to ensure your heating system is ready for colder weather.
Ensure that all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly and replace batteries if needed.
Clean out lint from dryer vents to prevent fire hazards and improve dryer efficiency.
Inspect your home for signs of pests or rodents and address any issues before they become more problematic. As the weather begins to cool off, that’s when pests really start to huddle up in and around your home.
Similarly to how you should clean and store your gardening tools properly, you should also clean and properly store lawn mowers, trimmers, and other lawn care equipment. Consider draining fuel from gas-powered equipment to prevent varnish buildup.
Check and replace any outdoor light bulbs that may have burned out. Clean outdoor light fixtures and consider upgrading to energy-efficient LED bulbs.
By completing these end-of-summer home maintenance tasks, you'll help ensure that your home is in good shape for the upcoming fall and winter seasons, and you'll also save yourself potential headaches and expenses down the road.
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By Ripple Creek Homes 8-30-2023