Welcome to the beginnings of fall! The temperatures start to cool, and the leaves begin to turn, presenting a beautiful landscape to start preparing your home for the new season.
Now that the days of summer are passing, it is time to think about September maintenance for your home. Your focus should change in September now that you no longer have to worry about the flowers, mowing the lawn weekly or hitting the pool to cool off. In addition, if you are in the market for a new home, pay close attention to these tips as you walk through a potential home on your list.
If you are not sure where to start, we have compiled an excellent checklist of September to-do’s to ensure your home is ready for the fall season.
Exterior Maintenance Tips
Many of us know that we need to trim bushes, shrubs, and trees in the spring, but many forget about trimming in the fall. This is a great time to trim away so that your landscaping comes back strong in the spring.
Also, September is a great time to check for trees that may be too close to your roof or chimney, which is a fire hazard. Be sure all trees are at least ten feet from your chimney’s flue. Get rid of dead branches, clean up any leftover leaves or debris from the year before that are near your chimney. Dead branches can easily fall during a storm leading to damage to your roof or chimney, causing you a headache in the future.
Don’t forget this is the perfect time to trim back any flowering plants and can any preservable food from your garden.
Service Lawn Equipment
Over time mower blades get dull and small engines need cleanup or repairs. As fall approaches, you need your lawn equipment less. September is a great time to replace faulty mechanicals, drain your oil and gas from any motor-powered equipment, or purchase new if needed. Many people wait for spring to take these steps; however, fall is a much better time since you will not need your equipment for a few months.
Drain oils, replace filters, sharpen or replace blades and if needed, take your small engine to a repair shop so you can be prepared for spring and summer yard maintenance.
Seal the Windows
If you have noticed your windows get foggy, then more than likely, you need some seal work done. To keep the cold temps out, windows should have a seal around their perimeter. Over time, this seal can break down, causing those cold temps to seep in.
If you have a warranty on your windows, you should give the window manufacturer a call and see if the sealing is covered. This can save you a lot of money and time.
If you do not have a warranty, be sure to call a window professional. Some companies will re-seal, and they will do it at a relatively affordable cost. When you weigh out the cost of your energy bill and the process of replacement or re-sealing, you may find significant cost savings.
Roof and Gutter Maintenance
It may seem a little early, but clearing your gutters and roof from leaves and debris is an important maintenance step in September. Of course, you will more than likely need to do this more than once in the fall, but if you get a head start, it will be that much easier.
Check for leaks in your gutters. If you run water from your hose into your gutters, you should be able to follow the water path to your downspouts. If you find any leaks, fall is an excellent time to repair so you are ready for winter’s snowy days and spring’s rainy days.
Inspect your roof from the inside out. If you have an attic, check for any leaks or even possible roof debris. From the outside, safely try to access your roof and look for any damaged shingles that may show signs of bending, cracking or loosening. It’s not too difficult to seal any cracks; however, you may want to call a professional in for any major repairs.
Interior Maintenance Tips
Service Your Heating and Cooling Units
During the hot days of summer, we cool our homes with our air conditioners. Now that they can take a break, September is a great time to have your air conditioners cleaned and checked.
As the temperature cools, you will need to turn the heat on soon, so an inspection and cleaning to your furnace will help you with the peace of mind your unit will keep you warm. Call a licensed HVAC professional as they will do the following to keep your furnace running:
- Clean the motor and blower
- Run a test on the furnace switch, burner, and thermostat
- Check the unit and the ductwork for any leaks
- Test safety controls to help prevent fires
There are some maintenance strategies you can do on your own as well when it comes to your furnace. Be sure to change your filter and start fresh for the fall. If you have any leaky ductwork, you could repair those by sealing them, or if you do not have a programmable thermostat, you may want to consider replacing.
Kitchen: Back to the Basics
It’s easy to forget about inside maintenance during the summer months and the kitchen may feel neglected come time for fall. Now that you may have a little more time on your hands, clean out your cabinets, spices, pots and pans and refrigerator.
Give your stove, microwave, and dishwasher a good cleaning. When we are busy, we tend to leave the messes behind to build up over time.
Replace any burnt-out bulbs in your refrigerator, microwave, or stove. Lubricate hinges as well and if you feel something might not be working the greatest, call in a professional for repairs.
Living Areas and Bedrooms
If you have a fireplace, you know how important it is to be sure it is clean and functioning correctly. An inspection and cleaning is a great idea, so your fireplace will keep you warm in the months to come.
It is so easy to forget about blinds, fans, lights, and vents during our summer cleaning routine. The beginning of fall is a perfect time to get back in the habit of cleaning all surfaces. We run furnaces a lot in the winter which can add extra dust and allergens, so create a fresh start by dusting the small areas we often forget.
While you are at it, don’t forget to change the direction of your ceiling fan. Changing the course of your fan for the seasons is essential to adequate heating and cooling. Ceiling fans have a small switch that allows you to do this. Check your manufacturer’s directions to find out how to switch if you are unsure.
Although this list is pretty comprehensive, there is a multitude of things you can do to get your home fall-ready. September is the first spark we see of fall, and now that we find ourselves indoors a little more, it is an excellent time to prep for winter. These wonderful tips can be part of a checklist to sell your Park City home too. Keeping up on regular maintenance will help you be more prepared if and when you decide to sell. Besides, many of these to-do’s will help you be ready for the spring too so you can hit the ground running when the temperatures start to warm up!