A Southern Homeowner's Fall To Do List

Posted by Trent Corbin on Thursday, September 6th, 2018 at 8:48am.

Southern homeowner? Add these tasks to your to-do list this fall.

Although we don’t see harsh freezing winters and feet of snow down here in the Carolinas, we do see our fair share of cold temps and the occasional snowstorm here and there. And while our homes are structurally built to withstand all types of Carolina weather, there are a few things you as a homeowner can do to better prepare your home for the coming months.

Below we’ve laid out the tasks we believe every southern homeowner should add to their to-do list this fall.    

Store away hoses and turn off any exterior faucets

  • Give your car one more good wash before draining your yard hoses. Then store them indoors for the winter.

  • Shut off the water to exterior faucets before the temperatures fall to prevent your pipes from freezing.

  • Towards the end of fall, drain and turn off your sprinkler system. You won’t need that until the spring!

Seal up windows and doors

  • Check the condition of the weatherstripping around your home’s windows and doors. If it’s looking a little worn and torn, apply new weatherstripping. This will ensure your home stays warm, and energy costs stay low when good ol’ Jack Frost makes his way to the area.

  • Drafty doors? Consider adding a door sweep to keep the shivers out, and coziness in.

Check safety devices

This task should be done every season in order to maintain a safe household–the fall is no exception!  

  • Test your home’s smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and then perform any required maintenance. (I.e changing the batteries or replacing old devices and systems altogether)

  • Check the expiration date on your fire extinguisher and replace if you find that it’s expired.

  • Check your home’s radon levels. When the weather gets chilly we tend to keep our homes closed up, allowing for radon to become trapped. Radon can have a negative impact on your family’s health–it can even be deadly. (A radon level of 4 or above is considered unacceptable by the Environmental Protection Agency.)

Clean out dryer vents

  • Clean any build up out of your dryer vents. Lint and other debris build up can cause your dryer to work inefficiently and can even be a fire hazard! Yes, that’s right, a fire hazard! Cool, dry fall weather increases static electricity, which can ignite the lint that has built up, so the fall is the best time to get that lint out. There are duct cleaning specialists you can hire for the job or you can try to do it yourself.

Remove debris from your gutters and downspouts

  • After most of the leaves have fallen, clean out your home’s gutters and downspouts. Clogs in your home’s drainage system can cause water to pool up and damage your roof, siding, or other important structural features of your home.

  • While you’re at it, be sure water drainage is directed away from your home’s foundation.

Pay your yard some attention

  • Rake up leaves. An excess amount of leave cover in your yard throughout the winter can inhibit your lawn’s spring growth.

  • Take a look up at the trees in your yard. Are there any dead branches? Branches that could potentially fall on your home, during a rough storm this winter? Grab a chainsaw and get climbing–or just hire a professional and save yourself the trouble.

  • Make sure your walkways, railings, stairs, and driveway are in good shape. Navigating icy walkways can be challenging enough–don’t make it harder than it has to be. Fix any cracks, loose railings, or missing stones!

  • Seal up foundation and driveway cracks because during cold weather, moisture can seep into these areas and freeze causing surfaces to crack and split even further.

  • Clean and store away patio furniture.

Schedule heating system maintenance

  • Schedule an inspection with your HVAC maintenance company to ensure your system is working properly and that there won’t be any issues this chilly season.

  • Have your chimney cleaned and inspected. Clogged build up can lead to fired and inadequate ventilation. You might also consider adding a chimney cap to keep critters out in the wilderness where they belong–not in your home.

  • Be sure your furnace or boiler is cleaned, maintained, and in tip-top condition.

A few other tasks…

 Well there you have it, this list is sure to keep you busy around your home this fall.

Each of these tasks are meant to help you keep your home safe, clean, and well maintained first, so you don’t get stuck in a sticky situation this winter but also to keep your home’s value up. Well kept homes sell quickly and for what they’re worth!

Thinking about moving at some point over the coming year? Download our Homebuyer 101 guide to the Top Questions Your Realtor Will Ask to prepare now.

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