Each year I ask myself, is it autumn I like best, or spring? While everything seems to burst exuberantly into life in the spring, I have to say I do crave fall with its crunch of leaves underfoot, warm pumpkin pie and nip in the air.
Don’t worry. I’m not about to instruct you on how to make your own autumn potpourri using fallen leaves. Woman’s Day can do that!
Despite my affection for fall, I do fully realize the season carries along with it new tasks for the homeowner, so let’s get to work.
Gut Your Thoughts of Ignoring the Gutters
I can’t recall a single person who enjoys cleaning out or inspecting gutters, but it’s a job that can’t be ignored, particularly in the fall season.
Repairing or replacing damaged gutters and adding downspouts where needed can help you avoid other much more expensive problems like roof or foundation damage.
Keep Those Beautiful Monsters Away
I admire the perfect crimson leaf, but not when it’s close to my home. For prevention of pests, it’s important to remove the leaves that are near your house.
In addition to harboring unwanted insects near your home, leaves and other debris can also be a huge fire hazard. Of course, in areas prone to drought, it’s especially important to keep those fallen leaves away from your house. Find out more about areas experiencing drought at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA.
Check Your Heater to Avoid the Chill Later
Nothing is worse than feeling abandoned by an old friend, or an old furnace, as the case might be on a chilly day. Don’t wait until the service technicians are busy repairing your neighbor’s heater.
Check your furnace early to schedule needed repairs before the first frost. Even if your heater appears to be working, it’s wise to have it professionally inspected each year.
Hire Someone Else to Inspect the Chimney
Here’s where you get to be lazy. Ah, I saved the best for last! Have your woodburning fireplace professionally inspected and cleaned, and you’ll be safer from fire and carbon monoxide hazards.
A chimney sweep will check the mortar and flashing from your roof, and put a powerful vacuum to work to remove debris. Find a great chimney sweep at the Chimney Safety Institute of America, CSIA.
For more tips on home maintenance and lawn care this fall, visit the National Association of Homebuilders, NAHB.
Which home chores do you perform each fall?
What’s your least favorite home maintenance task?Preparing Your Home for Autumn by Tim Eyre