While autumn brings warm feelings, gorgeous colors, and an all-around lovely atmosphere, it makes it impossible to do some household maintenance. Because of this, it is important to make sure that these things, which include gardening and repairs, are taken care of to enable us to move seamlessly through the seasons. Here are five household maintenance that you need to take care of before autumn arrives.
The Lawn and Garden
Your lawn and garden need to be prepared for a different season by mulching and fertilizing the lawn so it is ready to spring back when it gets warm again. You also need to pack any furniture like tables, seats, and umbrellas that you have been using in summer. If you like, you can leave a few out for enjoying a campfire with friends and family. Clean all your gardening tools and make sure your blades are well sharpened for the next season’s yard work, and clean the pots you stored annual plants if any. Compost the dirt and clean up the pots so they are ready for use when the sun comes out again. Also, make sure to adjust your sprinkler system because the grass needs less water in autumn than it does in sunny seasons. Remember that small leaks can potentially waste up to 10,000 gallons of water every year and don’t let this happen.
Doors and Windows
If you live in a cold climate, you know too well how much higher the energy bill climbs due to heating. A culprit that can be dealt with in this case is loose doors and windows. These let warm air out and allow cold air to seep in, making you turn your thermostat up higher. Before autumn checks in, make sure that there are no air leaks in your doors and windows. You can either caulk around gaps, use a foam sealant, or call in an expert if the job is extensive. The final and best option is to replace your windows altogether with energy-efficient versions that keep the indoors even warmer by reducing heat lost through conduction.
Roof Repair and Cleanup
As summer draws to a close, trees shed leaves and these can get carried up onto your roof and into your gutters. Debris will accumulate even more during fall, and it is a good idea to make sure that you start on a clean slate, so to speak. This will call for climbing up a high ladder to check, something that is best done with help from a few willing people. Always exercise caution when scaling heights to avoid slips and falls. If your home was built within the last 10 years, it will likely need very little maintenance. Homes built 10 to 20 years ago will need a bit more work done, and those more than 20 years old will call for even more work, with things like the roof likely needing replacement.
Organize Your Shed
If you have a shed, now is the best time to organize it. Empty it, clean it, and store things that you won’t use, like the sprinkler system and gardening equipment. When you need to take these things out again, it will be easy and they will be clean enough to use straight away. About 80% of the households living in houses occupied by the owner can access the carport or garage. If you are a part of this percentage, it is a good idea to also clean and organize that space to make the next season easier to prepare for.
It may feel like a drag having to spare time to do maintenance while you could be enjoying the last of summer, but it is necessary. It will be great to be prepared for the colder weather and a relief when you don’t have fixes to work on in the cold. You can enjoy a warm beverage as you cozy up in front of the fireplace, sharing stories with your family or a loved one.