Now that we’re a few weeks into fall and the mornings and evenings are growing cooler – it’s safe to say that summer is behind us here in the Pacific Northwest. With fall and the cooler, wetter weather and shorter days, comes more time spent indoors, which makes it a great time of year to give your house some extra attention! Fall is also a time of new beginnings and fresh starts, so if you have clutter or items you’ve been piling away in your garage that you intend to donate, it’s also a good time to clear out the house of old or unusable items.
What are your annual home-care rituals? At Properties West 360, we advise homeowners to go the extra length to protect their homes from the changing weather. Below are a few suggestions. If you’re currently renting a property, you should discuss these suggestions with your property management or landlord before moving forward.
1. Clean Your Gutters
A leaf-clogged gutter cannot perform its job, and can even cause an overflow of water to seep into your home’s foundation. Now is the time to invest in getting your gutters cleaned and inspecting downspouts to make sure they are free of debris.
2. Caulk any gaps
“Gaps in caulk and weather-stripping can account for 10% of your heating bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.” Spend a weekend inspecting the seal on your doors and windows and use weather-stripping and caulk where necessary to seal gaps and leaks where cold air and moisture can seep in.
3. Wash your windows
Since the days are growing shorter, and there will naturally be less sunlight in the months to come, it’s a great idea to wash your windows, both on the inside and out, to maximize the amount of light you get indoors.
4. Repair the roof
This is essential! If you have any leaks, or shingles missing, repair your roof now before winter and the threat of snow could cause an even bigger problem!
5. Check your heating system
Does your furnace need a little love and care before another cold stretch? It’s worth scheduling a “check-up” on your heating system, whether it’s an electrical unit, a gas stove, or an HVAC system. This will ensure your heating bills stay manageable and that you stay toasty throughout the chillier months!
6. Scrub off your fire escape plan, and tools
When was the last time you inspected your fire extinguisher? Wait, you don’t have one? Time to stock your house with the fire protection you need just in case of an emergency! With the heat getting cranked up and a lot more time spent indoors, it’s wise to not only have an escape plan, but double-check that your fire alarms are working as well.
7. Clean out the clutter
Box up that broken toaster, the old kids’ toys, and those clothes you never wear, and donate them to a local charity or Goodwill. The less clutter you have in your home, the more space you have to enjoy, and the less mess you have to manage!
8. Clean, clean, clean
Give the inside of your home a good scrub-down! Here are a few tips:
- Vacuum all carpets and rugs
- Sweep and mop floors
- Wash linens and window coverings
- Wash the walls
- Wipe down kitchen cupboards and throw away dated foods
- Scrub the kitchen sink and countertops
- Give the oven a good cleaning
- Dust the fridge
Get the carpets cleaned by a professional
9. Plan a seasonal gathering
Fall is the perfect time to host a house warming, potluck or dinner party. After you’ve completed all your cleaning, why not celebrate with your friends and family!? Make hot apple cider, pumpkin pie, popcorn balls, mulled wine and any other seasonal favorites to share.
Need any assistance managing fall maintenance on your property? Contact us for superb service!