While it still feels as though we are planted smack dab in the middle of Summer, Fall is literally right around the corner, September 23 to be exact.
Fall brings hope of cooler days and with it, the perfect temperatures to complete all of the home maintenance projects you put off this Summer.
GUTTERS – Clean them! I know you see that weed growing in the corner every time you walk up to the front door. Don’t ignore it! Overflowing gutters can cause considerable damage to wood siding, fascia and even cause damage to the roof. Not to mention staining rock, stucco and brick.
WINDOWS & DOORS – Seal them! Up to 25% of the heat in your home can be lost through gaps and holes around windows and doors. Make sure weatherstripping in intact and in good working order. Check for gaps and holes around windows and seal. For more tips on weatherizing your home visit Earth Share. http://www.earthshare.org/2009/10/how-efficient-is-your-home.html
SMOKE & CARBON DIOXIDE DETECTORS – That beep is driving me crazy, but I don’t feel like going to the garage for the tall ladder, besides, I don’t have a 9V! It’s time. Whether they are beeping or not, test and change out all detectors with new batteries.
PAINT – Have you been thinking of painting the outside of your home? Cooler temperatures and less humidity means the Fall is a great time to paint your home, or have a professional do it!
HOSE BIBS – For those 3 or so really cold days we’ll have in Austin this winter, make sure that your hose bibs are insulated, or have covers on hand.
FIREPLACE – Have your fireplace checked and cleaned if necessary. Build-up in fireplaces and chimneys can cause fires and carbon-monoxide poisoning. Don’t forget the wood! Fall is a great time to get the wood pile ready for the Winter.
HVAC – Clean or replace filters. This might be a good time to consider a Smart Thermostat. This thermostat by Honeywell is Wifi capable and keeps the temperature within 1 degree, saving you up to 10% on your heating & cooling. http://yourhome.honeywell.com/home/Products/Thermostats/7-Day-Programmable/TL8100.htm
ATTIC – Check your attic for adequate insulation. It’s also a great time to check for any access points that critters might be using.
TREES – Trim dead branches to that Winter storms don’t cause them to fall and damage your home.
MULCH – What are you doing with your leaves? Mulch is an excellent source of nutrients for your garden. Check out the City of Austin’s website for composting information including rebates. https://www.austintexas.gov/composting
GRASS – Fall is an excellent time to aerate and fertilize turf grass. Slow release fertilizers will ensure that your grass has what it needs during the Fall & Winter and ensure a beautiful lawn in the Spring.
If you need help with any of these Fall maintenance items, we would be happy to help. Many of our sub-contractors offer maintenance service as well!