Halloween festivities for many signify the arrival of fall: Kids are back in school, leaves are coming down, and storms are starting to roll in off the Pacific. As summer vacations fade to pleasant memories you may want to take a few minutes to update your fall home improvement checklist. Wait, what’s that? You don’t have one? Here are the top 5 things you should do to get your home ready for winter:
FALL HOME PREP: Replace the furnace filter.
They call them “hose bibs,” but they’re actually the outdoor faucets around your home. It’s still a little early, but better to be early than late — no one wants to call the plumber to fix freezing pipes.
It’s a good routine, every Labor Day and Memorial Day replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. And, while you’re at it you may as well replace them in your thermostat as well. (Some people go as far as replacing all the batteries in their TV remotes.)
FALL HOME PREP: Make sure your home’s exterior meets the grade.
Walk around your home and make sure the soil is graded away from the building. Ensure no dirt is touching the exterior wood walls, and prune trees and shrubs so they’re not touching your siding or roof.
FALL HOME PREP: Look for leaks.
Check around your windows and especially doors. Are there any gaps? Now is a great time to apply weather stripping to seal up those energy-sucking gaps and holes. It can save you money later.
Some of us are happy to say “goodbye” to all the heat and dry weather, but others are sad to see the long days get shorter. Either way you look at it, it’s best to be prepared for a change of season: It’s coming — “weather” you’re ready or not.