Summer is officially over. While you're gearing up for the fall season you'll want to make sure your home has recovered from the summer heat and is prepared for the winter elements. Here are seven things to check off your list sooner rather than later.
Apply a Fresh Coat of Paint
If you plan to do any interior painting, there is no time like the present. You'll want to tackle this home maintenance project while the weather is still nice enough to open windows for additional ventilation.
Stow Away Patio Furniture
Unless you have all-weather furniture, now is a good time to give your outdoor living essentials a good cleaning before they are stored. Wipe down tables and chairs with a dry cloth, clean fabric cushions per manufacturer's instructions, and make sure everything is dry before storing.
If you're done using the grill for the remainder of the season, give it a cleaning as well. For easier cleaning, wait until your last grill session when the grill is still warm (not hot). Remove the grates for soaking and use a grill brush and soapy water, if needed, to scrub out the grill's interior.
Get Your Garage in Order
According to This Old House, organization pros estimate that only 30 percent of homeowners actually use their garage for parking their cars. Even if fitting your vehicle in your garage isn't part of your organization plan, there's no doubt that after a busy summer, it's in desperate need of a clean-out.
Click here for a list of optimal garage organization tips. At a minimum, store your summer home maintenance tools away and bring your winter necessities like shovels, snow blowers, and sidewalk salt to a spot you can easily access.
Prep Your Fireplace
As the cooler months approach, you'll likely be looking to use your fireplace as a source of heat to cut utility costs. Fireplaces and chimneys are the cause of 42% of all home-heating fires. Have your chimney swept and gas burner inspected to make sure they don't pose a safety risk to your home.
Click here for additional ways to prep your fireplace for the winter season.
Protect Your Deck
Wind, rain, sun, snow and foot traffic can wreak havoc on your deck. The process of deck staining usually requires a span of two to four days without rain and temperatures below 85 degrees, so the stain can evenly absorb and fully dry. Late spring or early autumn are the best times to clean and stain your deck with mild, dry days and lower humidity.
Have Your Furnace Inspected
While you'd like to think the home heating season is far, far away, it's best to be proactive when it comes to your furnace. Have your heating system inspected and serviced by an HVAC professional. At the very least, make sure to change your furnace filters.
Add Clarity to Your Windows
Maximize the natural light in your home by giving your windows some TLC. After giving the interior of your windows a thorough scrub-down, use a solution of vinegar and water and a microfiber cloth to get rid of interior dirt, dust and fingerprints. For professional results, use a squeegee blade, keeping it in contact with the edges of the window.
For the exterior, do the same but give windows a pre-wash with the garden hose. While you're dismantling your windows, clean your screens and check for any holes. With the comfortable temperatures approaching, you'll want to have your windows open without opening your home to bugs.
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