You know Fall is coming when you start seeing pumpkin everything! With Summer becoming a fond memory, it’s time to tackle a few simple home maintenance items that’ll make winter more pleasant and prevent some nasty surprises. Start by inspecting the windows, doors and trim around your home. Do you see any areas with dry rotting wood? Maybe it’s soft and easy to push in? These need to be repaired to prevent further damage before winter. Also check for cracks around windows and doors. Sealing up cracks between trim and siding, around window and door frames, and where pipes and wires enter your house prevents moisture from getting inside your walls. Seal any cracks you find with exterior caulk to prevent heat loss during those long cold winter months. This is one of the least expensive — and most important — items on your fall checklist.
Next, check your yard. Store hoses and turn off outside water, clean your gutters and ensure drainage goes away from your home. Prune your trees as well, keeping them off your home will prevent damage to the home and proper pruning will allow for healthy growth in the Spring.