Tips for Prioritizing Your Fall Maintenance Projects

Tips for Prioritizing Your Fall Maintenance Projects

Crisp yellow and orange autumn sugar maple leaves - many still on the tree, many already fallen - viewed through the backyard window with potted plants in shallow DOF foreground. Slight reflections of the decorative cross pieces can be seen on the double-paned glass in this large bay window.

No matter what part of the country your home is in, the coming of fall signals an opportunity to do whatever necessary or voluntary projects need to be done ahead of winter weather, the coming holiday season, and the New Year.

Have you been putting off re-staining or sealing your deck? Take advantage of the remaining warm, dry weather to clean and seal or stain your deck before wet weather arrives to do damage.

The same goes for your home’s window and door trim, gutters and other areas which may have had surfaces exposed, paint or stain eroded, and see to any loose exterior trim pieces, window or door seals, gutters, shingles, siding or roofing.

Late summer and early fall present the perfect time to have ducts and chimney flues cleaned and vacuumed, before you shut yourself and your family behind closed doors and windows with all of the dust which may have accumulated during the past year. And don’t forget to dust off the blades of those ceiling fans, too!

Simply walking around the outside of your house is the best way to detect any areas in need of attention. Got any obvious openings under your porches, or into your crawlspace, or basement? Seal any places where wild animals might take winter refuge.

This time of year is an ideal opportunity to address this punch list:

– Trim back tree branches and brush that might damage your house during a storm, and remove dead trees near your house that pose a risk to your house during high wind storms

– Check that all outdoor stairs are in good shape and have sturdy railings

– Check your plumbing, testing pressure valves on hot water heaters and move any flammable materials away from furnace, hot water heater, and other heat sources

– Check water hoses on washer, ice maker, and dishwasher for leaks

– Clean lint from the clothes dryer exhaust duct and surrounding area to prevent fires

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