Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Fall. Just the word brings up images of bonfires, hayrides, fuzzy socks, and nippy nights. Oh, and pumpkin spice. Pumpkin spice everything and anything.

While you’re drinking your pumpkin spice latte and planning your weekend at the football game, don’t forget about those home maintenance tasks that have been piling up during the summer months. You want your home to be cozy, comfy, weather-proof, and safe before the winter begins. What better time to get these tasks taken care of than during the cooler fall season? If you’re unsure of what the best tasks are to complete in the fall, read on below for a few things to help you get started.

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Clean the Gutters

Throughout the year your gutters fill up with leaves, twigs, and other debris. If left uncleaned, the gutters will soon become clogged, which means the rain and melting snow won’t be able to run off, and will eventually cause leaks in the seams of your roof and leak into your home.

If you’re comfortable with heights, then it’s possible to clean your gutters DIY style. However, there are many gutter cleaning Durham professionals, who are perfectly willing to come out and take care of the job for you. In most cases, it’s best to leave gutter cleaning to the professionals, as it’s safer for you and they’re trained to do the job the right way. In most cases, you can get a free estimate to make sure you can afford the prices the service is charging ahead of time.

Prepare the Yard

While yard work isn’t nearly as difficult in the fall and winter as it is in the spring and summer, you’re going to want to take some time to clean your yard up. Make sure that all bushes and trees are trimmed, your grass is cut, and that all debris and summer toys are put away until next season.

If you have pets, then it’s important to pick up any waste they have left in the yard as well. Pet waste can cause diseases that can be transferred to your other pets and family if you’re not careful. If you don’t have the time or just can’t stomach the idea of scooping up dog poop, then there are professional services out there that will come take care of your pet waste for you. Make sure to do your research and choose the best. Check out a pet waste removal Joliet Illinois professional to do the best job at the best price. Most companies offer weekly services, so you don’t have to worry about pet waste ever again.

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Furnace Tuneup

The last thing you should do is wait until that first bitterly cold day of winter to worry about whether your furnace is in good working order or not. If you have any issues, you don’t want to find out on the coldest day of the year when you’re furnace fails to switch on. You should listen for strange noises when you switch on your furnace for the first time in the fall. If you hear any booming, clicking, or banging, it’s time to call in the professionals. It’s best, however, to have your furnace serviced every fall, to begin with.

Fireplace Inspection

Winter is one of the worst times for fires in the home. Whether it’s decorations for Christmas, candles, or a faulty fireplace and chimney, you need to be careful during the winter months that they’re in a safe place and in good working order. Make sure that you inspect your fireplace and chimney before you light that first fire of the season, just to be on the safe side.

These are just a few of the fall maintenance tasks that should be on your list this year. Get them out of the way now, and you won’t have to worry about them later.