Fall Preparations Homeowners Forget About

Cool air can be a refreshing change after a long, warm summer, but it is also an indication of much colder temperatures to come.

Now is the time to begin readying your house for winter.

Here is a list of preparations that homeowners commonly overlook when winterizing their home:

Keeping Warm

  • Get your furnace or heat pump inspected for carbon monoxide leakage and serviced to make sure it is clean and in good shape.
  • Make sure your fireplace or other heating appliances that burn coal, oil, wood or gas including your chimney and vents are clean and in good repair, too. Not only will this help prevent chimney fires, it also will keep carbon monoxide from seeping into your home.
  • Check all of your doors and windows for cracks and gaps and fill with silicone caulk.
  • Put your ceiling fans in a reverse mode and run the blades clockwise if possible. After you turn on your heat it will create an updraft and push the warm air down. If you have high ceilings this can be really helpful as well as energy saving.
  • Consider putting in easy to install cork floors, or getting a few more area rugs. No one wants to step on cold floors in the winter!

Your Roof and Gutters

  • Inspect your roof for damaged, missing or loose shingles that could leak during snow, rain or sleet storms or from melting snow. This is a great job to hire a handyman to do. They can repair a few shingles and while on the roof check out and repair any breaks in flashing seals around the chimney or vent stacks. If you have a flat or textured roof, make sure to blow off the leaves and pine needles before snow falls, because these can hold moisture.
  • Clean out your gutters. If they are full of debris, this can cause water to back up, damaging roofing, siding and wood trim, as well as causing leaks and ice dams when snow and ice form. Need help? Check out our Clean & Cover Package.

Your Garage

  • With lower temperatures on the way, you want to make room in your garage for your car. Store summer items and other things you won’t readily need that might be taking up space.

Pipes & Ducts

  • Protect your water pipes. A burst water pipe is the last thing you want to have to deal with in the middle of winter.
  • While you are at it, check on your washer and dryer connections, hoses and ducts. Clean them and make repairs if necessary. This could save you from a flood or a fire.

The First Freeze & Snow

  • Have your snow shovel handy and check to make sure that your snow blower is in proper working order.
  • Install low voltage outdoor lighting or motion-activated lighting along walkways, stairs, driveways, fences and other outdoor features to create better illumination and reduce safety risks.

Check a few things off your list each day, or tackle a bunch of them on the weekend. You may want to call a craftsman at Handyman Matters if you want help with any of these fall preparation chores. Take a look at our new Fall Package to help get a few of these checked off.

You can contact Handyman Matters at 1-866-FIX-MY-HOME or enter your zip code above to find a location in your area.

The sooner you get your fall prep done, the sooner you can start enjoying the cooler weather, pumpkin pies, and hayrides!