Prepare for cooler weather with these easy fix-ups that will save you time, money, and stress during the season ahead.
1. Check Your Fireplace
Even if your fireplace is rarely used, it’s crucial to check and make sure that it’s functioning the way it should. Hire an experienced chimney sweep to check for and clear buildup and look for any red flags.
2. Clean Your Carpets
Vacuuming does not count as carpet cleaning! Carpeting is expensive and annual deep cleans can go a long way in protecting your investment for years to come. Carpet cleaner rentals are only around $30 per day, so there’s no reason not to spruce up your space with fresh and fluffy carpeting.
3. Schedule Your Yearly Furnace Check-Up
There’s nothing worse than switching from A/C to heat to find that your furnace is on the fritz! Avoid winter blues by getting your furnace checked by a professional before it’s time to turn it on. While you’re at it, remember to replace your air filters!
4. Repair Concrete Cracks
Ice and freezing temps can cause small cracks and gaps in your driveway and sidewalk to expand and get out of hand quickly. Avoid a bigger mess next spring by grabbing a patch kit, setting aside an hour or two, and tackling any problem areas.
5. Take Care Of The Yard
Before the ground hardens, remove weed, debris, and fallen leaves from your garden to reduce the risk of attracting insects or diseases in the winter. Add a two to three inch layer around plants to preserve moisture and keep them healthy through harsh weather.
6. Seek Out Any Air Leaks
Check the caulking and seals around your windows and doors in search of any drafts. Add new weather stripping around doors and explore energy-efficient replacement options for windows that seem to cause problems year after year.
Increase your curb appeal and reduce the risk of mold build-up with a yearly pressure wash. There are several local companies that specialize in power washing, but DIY-ers can find a machine to rent for $75 per day at most hardware stores. Make sure your home’s surface can withstand the pressure of the washer before going full force! Some surfaces like vinyl will bend under high force.
8. Clean Up Cobwebs
While cobwebs may be the perfect addition to your Halloween themed decor, it’s a scary sight for your guests for the remaining 364 days of the year. Grab a ladder, a face mask, and some protective eyewear and dust the corners of your porch, patio, and garage that rarely see any TLC.
9. Prep Your Winter Tools
Tune up your snowblower before the first snowflakes fall and put your shovel in an easy-to-access area of your garage or shed. You’ll thank yourself later!
10. Clear Your Gutters
When your gutter is filled with wet leaves, you’re inviting in water damage to your walls, siding, basements, and foundation. Keep an eye on your gutters all season long and be proactive in keeping them clean.