It's September, and although the weather may not be changing yet, we are quickly headed into fall. Here in the Pacific Northwest, that means one thing - rain.
In an effort to help you get your home ready for fall weather, we've put together this checklist for you:
- Clean out your gutters and inspect for weakness. If you don't have gutter screens, consider getting some to keep your gutters clog-free. And remember to check in on your gutters after heavy rainfall, strong winds, and storms - they may need to be clean out again.
- Check your roof for any potential leaks and other problems and have them fixed now. You don't want to have to deal with that when the weather gets bad.
- Inspect your siding and trim for any rot or other needed repairs to keep your home water-proof.
- Trim back tree branches that could become a liability in strong winds and storms. Better safe than sorry!
- Consider laying gravel or pavers in high-traffic dirt areas before they turn into mud zones.
- Clean and store or cover any outdoor furniture and decor.
- Weed out your garden and lawn, plant any spring bulbs, and fertilize your lawn to protect it through the winter.
- Chop (or purchase) firewood and be sure to store it in a dry place - wet wood does not burn easily.
- Ensure that all outdoor lights are working properly.
- Turn off and drain your pool, hot tub, sprinkler system, and exterior faucets and hoses. Clean and cover the pool and hot tub, and store hoses away.
- Repair damaged concrete. When water gets in those cracks and freezes, it creates bigger cracks, meaning more repair work later.
- Collect fall tools such as rakes and store them somewhere you can easily access them when needed.
- Store any removable window a/c units.
- Check windows and doors for drafts. Weatherstrip and caulk as needed.
- Prepare your entry way. Purchase new interior and exterior doormats for wet and muddy feet. Make space for wet coats and umbrellas to hang and dry.
- Ensure your heating system is working properly.
- Have your chimney and fireplace cleaned and inspected.
- Replace the batteries in your smoke and CO2 detectors.
- Have a professional come out and inspect your plumbing lines for any leaks.
- Change your sheets - pull out the warm flannel sheets and heavy blankets.
- And of course, decorate your home with fall decor!
You can click here to download your free copy of this checklist.