October 16th, 2018
Fall Home Maintenance Checklist
As the seasons change, homeowners are reminded of periodic maintenance tasks needed to keep their houses in great shape. Whether you are thinking of putting your home on the market or just want to keep things clean and organized, we’ve created a helpful checklist of fall home maintenance for the new season. The season change is a great reminder to tackle these homeowner tips and keep your home in good condition.
Keeping your home free of pests is extremely important. As the weather changes, bugs and pests sometimes make their way into the home. Make sure that all cracks and holes are sealed properly so that there are less ways for the bugs to get in. Keeping dishes out of the sink and food off of the counters are other ways to avoid this problem. Homeowners should also schedule regular pest control appointments for the home to be serviced.
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be tested at least once a month and batteries should be replaced at least once or twice a year. Daylight savings time and season changes are a perfect reminder to check off these tasks. Make sure you review the detectors’ user manuals to accurately review the machine.
Clean the Countertops
Most kitchen and bathroom countertops are some sort of granite, marble, or natural stone finish. In order to maintain their shine, these countertops require regular maintenance. Use the season change as your reminder to deep clean the counters for any spills, stains, or damages that could cause long term harm.
Stove, Washing Machine, and other Household Appliances
This is the perfect time to evaluate your home’s appliances. Inspect the duct and cabinet in your clothes dryer, wash the lint filter with warm water, and deep clean your oven and stove. Although these items should be regularly cleaned and maintained, the season change is a great time to put in that extra work and make sure things are spotless and ready for the busy holiday months ahead.
Exterior of Home, Garden, and Roof
The exterior of your home is just as important as the interior and should be treated with the same care. Do an at-home audit of the exterior of your home to evaluate any issues or problems that should be fixed. Consider roof maintenance, gutter cleaning, shutting off exterior faucets, and storing water hoses, all of which are exposed to the outdoor elements and cooler temperatures.
The change of seasons is a perfect reminder to finish up certain home maintenance tasks that might fall through the cracks during the rest of the year. Making sure that these big ticket chores are done will give you peace of mind for the remainder of the year, knowing that your home is clean and ready for visitors.