Time to prepare your home for fall

August 27, 2020

Time to prepare your home for fall

It's hard to believe that summer is winding down already here in Maine. While there are definitely a few hot days ahead of us to enjoy the pool and the summer sun to the fullest, the nights have started to get colder and the air is starting to get a bit crisper. Fall is a beautiful time of year in our beautiful state, with so many fun and lovely activities and things to look forward to. However, it is important to prepare your home for every season and fall is no exception! Here are some things you should do to get your home ready so you can thoroughly enjoy the season.

 1. Clean your gutters

Get out your ladder and spend an afternoon cleaning out your gutters of any debris they have collected. They should be ready to accept the winds, rains, and leaves of fall. Untreated gutters can lead to pooling, standing water, runoff, and, eventually, water damage.

2. Investigate any leaky windows

Check for gaps and cracks in windows and exterior doors in your home and treat with weather stripping or caulk. The time to crank up the heat at night and during chillier days is right around the corner and you want to make sure to not waste any money on extra heat that is slipping outdoors!

3. Schedule service for your heater, furnace, and fireplace

Fall is a perfect time to schedule routine maintenance on furnaces, heaters, and fireplaces. Make sure everything is good to go for the fall, so you can avoid any seriously unwanted surprises. While everything else on this list is DIY-friendly, this is a task that you'll want to get a real professional in to take care of. Make sure to schedule the service early in the season so that any potential issues are taken care of well before you will start relying on heat sources.

4. Landscape for fall

Hopefully you've enjoyed your outdoor spaces to their fullest this summer! Especially, with COVID-19, many people took to improving and using their own outdoor spaces this spring and summer to continue efforts to stay safe and socially distance from others. The time has come to prep your lawn and landscaping for fall. And don't worry, there is still plenty of time for enjoying your outdoors! Give your lawn a thorough raking to ensure a healthy return next spring. Prune any shrubbery and trees of dead sections, as well. Pruning can be done later in the fall when trees and plants enter their winter dormancy period.