How to Prepare Your Home for Fall | Journey Home Lending

We all know your house may require different things depending on the season. In the summer, you may need to do some maintenance on your HVAC system, and in the winter, you may need to upgrade your insulation.

With fall approaching soon, there are numerous steps you can take to prepare your house for the extra leaves and colder weather. Here is a list of some good ideas to follow as summer ends and fall starts to approach us!

Clean out your gutters. With fall comes a substantial increase in the number of leaves that will be falling onto your property. They will turn beautiful shades of orange, yellow and brown, but they will also fill up your gutters, causing them to be less efficient in draining water. The best way to avoid this buildup from overwhelming your home is to clean the gutters out before the fall season. While you do this, it is also encouraged that you check their quality and consider replacing them should you notice defects.

Test your winter equipment. Depending on where you live, fall weather can be much closer to winter weather, so you must be prepared. There are numerous tools that can help you get through the cold, and if you already own them, it is essential to check up on them periodically. Ensure that your lawn equipment, including leaf and snow blowers, is up to par and that you have shovels and scrapers as backups.

Turn off spigots. Water stuck inside your spigots can freeze when it is cold enough and cause severe issues to your pipes. It would help if you made it a habit every year before the first freeze to disconnect hoses or sprinklers hooked up to the faucets, cut the water flow and drain any remaining water.

Protect your patio furniture and decorations. While your patio and other outdoor furniture look great and welcoming during the summer, it may be at more risk as the weather gets colder. To avoid any damage, ensure that the furniture you are buying is made to withstand both extreme heat and out, and if not, relocate your furniture leading up to colder weather. This will protect your investment and preserve it for many summers to come.

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