As the vibrant hues of summer fade away and the promise of crisp air is just around the corner, it's time to shift our focus towards the upcoming season: fall. While we eagerly anticipate cozy evenings by the fireplace and delightful pumpkin-spiced treats, it is essential not to overlook the importance of preparing the outside of our homes for the fall weather. Today’s blog will highlight some of the top tasks that you can do in order to prepare your home for the fall weather. Please share your fall home prep stories in the comments below! We’d love to hear from you.
This is an excellent time to clean out your home’s gutters in preparation for the deluge of fall leaves to come. Make sure that you carefully prop your ladder up and that you have plenty of help on the ground keeping your ladder stable as you work. Safety first!
Washing Or Even Power Washing The Exterior Of Your House
If you don’t have a power washer, then that’s fine. A strong garden hose nozzle will do. If you give your home’s exterior a nice spray down, then you will help to keep your home looking nice and cozy all through winter. As you clean off the dirt and grime and spiderwebs that have accumulated over recent months, you can use this time to inspect other parts of your home that may need your attention like the trim, or vents, or anything else that may crop up as you go.
Touching Up Paint Or Repaint Your Trim
Speaking of trim! This is also a good time to take a can of touch up paint and go over your home’s exterior and see if there are any discolorations or patches of bare wood that can be touched up.
Weather Sealing Your Doors And Windows
The winter weather waits for no one and if you forget to caulk your windows and weather seal your doors, you could be in for a rude awakening come winter! Do this now so that you don’t get blindsided by it when the weather changes.
Trimming overhanging branches, especially ones that go over our home’s roof or our fence can save you a huge hassle down the road. With the fall and winter comes heavier rain and snow, which can cause branches and even whole trees to crack and break under the added weight. Keeping your trees trimmed can help keep you and your family safe this holiday season.
Guarding Against Unwanted Pests
Fall not only brings an array of beautiful colors but also an increase in unwanted pests seeking shelter. As temperatures drop, critters like mice, squirrels, and spiders may attempt to seek refuge in our homes. By completing essential fall maintenance tasks, such as sealing cracks, repairing damaged screens, and cleaning out window wells, we create a barrier against these invasive creatures. By taking these preventive measures, we can avoid the annoyance, potential damage, and health risks associated with pests invading our living spaces. In Conclusion We hope that today’s guide will help you be better prepared to tackle all of your fall home upkeep needs this year. Remember, no matter the time of year, there is always something fun to do around Boise and Meridian. I am happy to help with any questions about home and garden, buying, selling, real estate, and beyond! Give me a call today, I’d love to hear from you.