It may still be hot outside but fall is quickly arriving in Charleston! Now is an excellent time to begin prepping your home for fall and winter while we still have long summer days to accomplish everything on your list. We’ve created a simple guide of ten tasks to accomplish before our days become shorter and fall begins to set in! By taking care of these items now, it’ll save you the headache later on!
Clean the Gutters
No one likes this job, but we all need to do it! A few hours of work now can prevent bigger issues later on. While you’re on the ladder, visually inspect your roof for damages to shingles, flashing, or vents. You should also visually inspect the chimney for any missing mortar and hire a professional to repair it by tuck-pointing, if needed. Keeping your roof in good condition is especially important as we enter into hurricane season.
Turn Off Outdoor Plumbing
Drain all outdoor faucets and sprinkler systems, and cover them to protect them for freezing weather. No one wants a busted pipe during the winter!
For our gardening friends, now is a great time to begin composting! Now’s the time to grab a compositing bin and rake all those accumulating leaves to make your soil rich for next year’s garden! This is also a great way to reduce food waste in a household.
Clean Outdoor Furniture and Gardening Tools
It may not be time to put away furniture and tools, but go ahead and clean your outdoor furniture and tools so they’re ready for storage this winter.
Plant Bulbs and Spring-Blooming Flowers
Go ahead and prepare your garden and flower boxes for next spring by planting bulbs in October. If you’ve never planted bulbs before, select a spot that receives full sun during the day.
Prepare Your Furnace
If you didn’t do it in the spring, consider having a professional service your furnace for the cold season. At the minimum, visually inspect your furnace and replace the filters before turning it to the heating setting.
Clean the Fireplace and Chimney
Clean out the fireplace, inspect the flue, and ensure the doors and shields are sound. Have the chimney inspected and professionally swept if need! Now all you need to do is stock up on firewood!
Keep the Warm Air Inside and Cold Air Outside
Inspect your doors and windows for worn weatherstripping or air flow. Replace the weatherstripping and chalk around windows and door casing to prevent excess air flow.
Light it Up
Bring as much light into your home by cleaning windows and blinds. As we move into darker months, it’ll make your home seem brighter and more welcoming.
Home Safety Check
Fall is a great time to replace batteries in your smoke and CO2 detectors throughout the home. A good way of remembering to do this is to always replace the batteries when you change your clocks for daylight savings time.
Create a family fire escape plan, or review the one you already have. Put together an emergency or hurricane preparedness kit so that you’re ready in case of an emergency.
Download our fall checklist to prepare your home for fall! By accomplishing all these tasks now, you can enjoy your home all winter long.