If you have the choice, then many of us wouldn’t really spend hours on end at the weekend clearing leaves out of the gutter. But when you are a homeowner and have a home to care for, it is likely to be your biggest investment. So being able to maintain it is a must. However, home maintenance can often feel like a bit of a daunting chore, especially if you are a bit of a reluctant handy-person who doesn’t know their way around a radiator or a boiler. The good news is that all of this doesn’t need to feel tough or overwhelming. As we have seasons, our homes run with these seasons, and different things will need doing at different times, for example. So as long as you are following the natural arc that comes with the changing seasons, you will be likely to keep on top of all of the things that you need to, so that the house can run well and avoid any major problems.
As fall is quickly approaching, and the leaves start to change color and fall off the trees, it is time to get things in order and ready for winter. If you live somewhere that doesn’t really experience fall, then there will be a little less to do; but still things to do nonetheless.
- It has been mentioned, but clearing your gutters is a must. Once the leaves begin to fall, they can fill up your gutters and that can lead to problems and leaking if they become clogged. Plus, when colder temperatures of winter come in, and water has been trapped in the guttering due to leaves blocking the space, then the water can then freeze and cause a lot of damage.
- If you live in an area that does experience cold temperatures in fall and winter, then you need to make sure that you shut your sprinkler system. This is a must as a way to protect it from the harsh weather. If you avoid doing this, then when it comes to spring and wanting to use the sprinklers again, you are likely to have quite a large repair bill.
- If you have had any problems with windows or a roof not being in good repair, then you are likely to have gotten some damp inside the house. And when this happens, calling in someone for mold inspection is a must, as then the reason is much more likely to be identified. Mold can lead to health problems, as well as damaging the structure of your home and leading to dampness. So as fall and winter are much wetter than other months, getting this kind of thing looked at now is a must.
- For homes that are heated with steam heat, then the boiler is the tank that holds all of the water that makes it all happen. You can call the plumber to make sure that it is for the annual checkup. You should also do something that can drain water from the boiler so that the sediment on there has settled in the tank. You don’t want to find that things don’t work once it comes to the weather getting colder.
This is a collaborative post from a contributing writer.