It’s important to prepare your home for fall. When the wind and the rain hit it can be hard to get out and maintain your home. Let’s look at what you can do to prepare your house for fall.
I live in the pacific northwest and fall brings in a lot of wind and rain so it’s important to prepare our home for fall before the storms hit. I’m going to share with you what is on our house prep for fall checklist to help you get your home ready for fall.
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How to Prepare Your Home For Fall
As the temperatures start to dip it’s important to check different areas of your home to make sure your home is ready for fall. Let’s look at how to prepare your home for fall.
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Clean the gutters
With the season change comes clogged gutters. It’s important to removed leaves, pine needles, and other debris that clog up the cutters. There are some great items on the market that will make cleaning your gutters easier. There are even some tools you can use that will allow you to avoid climbing a ladder.
Clean the fireplace and chimney
If you have a fireplace and burn fires in the fall and winter it’s a good idea to clean your fireplace and chimney before the cold days and nights start.
It’s also a good idea to have your chimney inspected. The National Fire Protection Association says to have your chimney, fireplace, and vents inspected yearly for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances.
Check your heating system
Make sure that all vents and heating elements are free and clear of furniture, curtains, or other items. You’ll also want to dust the vents and replace any filters you have. If you have an HVAC system make sure to replace the main filter.
Switch out summer
To prepare your home for fall you’ll want to store any removable window air conditioners. If you change out your curtains during the fall and winter, now is the time to replace your summer curtains for your fall and winter ones.
Check for air drafts
Before the wind and the rain (and snow) start it’s important to check doors and windows for any drafts. Seal up any cracks to prevent drafts. This will make your home more efficient and save you money on heating your home in the fall and winter.
To prepare your closets for fall it’s time to pack up your spring and summer clothes and pull out the sweaters and warmer clothes. In our home we only have so much closet space so I store our seasonal clothing under beds so our closets aren’t over packed through out the year.
We tend to forget about battery operated alarms so to prepare your home for fall you’ll want to check your alarms. Check and/or replace the batteries in your smoke, carbon monoxide, and security alarms to ensure that they’ll be working for you if an emergency comes up.
Finally, to prepare your home for fall is to do a deep seasonal cleaning throughout the house. I have a full fall cleaning checklist you can download and follow to do your own home fall cleaning.
By doing a few simple things around the house you’ll have your home ready to go for fall.