Late Fall Home Maintenance

Autumn has swept through Gray, Georgia, breezing through warm-hued trees, colorful fall perennials, and holiday displays abounding with pumpkins, hay bales, and cornucopias. The beautiful reds, oranges, and yellows of fall leaves make the world come to life as plants go dormant and prepare for the cooler months. Preparing your landscape for winter is an important part of autumn, but it’s just as crucial to maintain your home. Before the cold snap hits, make sure your home is ready for the chilly weather and imminent morning frosts.

Exterior Home Maintenance

roofingAlthough southern winters are mild compared to New York or Wisconsin, Georgia frosts, ice storms, and cold fronts wear down home exteriors in the colder months. Proper home winterization will keep cold from seeping into your house, protect your home from water and ice damage, and give your family a safe, warm shelter during the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping. Every autumn, you should:

  • Replace damaged shingles on your roof
  • Clear out the gutters
  • Replace weather strips on windows and doors
  • Winterize pipes and check drainage
  • Repair sidewalks and driveways
  • Add stepping-stones to areas in the yard with heavy foot traffic
  • Caulk weak seams around the foundation and exterior walls
  • Remove, repair, and store screens
  • Winterize and store summer home & maintenance equipment

Interior Home Maintenance

Preparing for winter starts outside, but interior home maintenance will improve your family’s quality of living in the months to come. Check for fire hazards, improve the quality of your home air, and lessen the heating bill by following a fall home maintenance checklist.

  • Check smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Inspect heating units and stoves
  • Clean and inspect the fireplace
  • Replace air filters
  • Switch the direction on ceiling fans to pull the warm air upwards
  • Check the insulation in your attic and storage areas
  • Install heavy curtains to insulate windows

If you need materials and tips for your home maintenance projects or need assistance getting started, call Ace Hardware of Gray, GA.

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