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While there are still a few weeks left of summer, it is never too early to start getting your home ready for fall. After all, if there is something that the past months have taught us is how important our homes can be.
During the pandemic, we have all turned our living rooms, garages, and gardens into private gyms, yoga studios, movie theatres, and offices. Now that the cold season is coming around again, it has never been so important to check that your home provides a healthy and comfortable environment for all.
Here are 8 maintenance tips that can help you get your home ready – make sure you get started while the weather is still on your side!
Check Your Roof and Gutters
One of the most important maintenance tasks you will have to address before the colder months involves maintaining your roof and gutters. In fact, as leaves begin to fall and the wind picks up, it is possible for your roof and gutters to become clogged with debris.
Checking your roof for damages is essential to ensure that your home is safe and there are no structural damages. However, the gutters, which are often overlooked by homeowners, are just as important. In fact, clogged gutters can cause rainwater to stagnate and cause water damage and rotting to the fascia board.
Address Your Driveway
The second step is to address the area outside your home and your driveway. During the summer months, keeping this area clean and in order is easy – all you need to do is keep up with a strict maintenance schedule and invest in professional power wash services such as the ones offered by Renew Crew.
However, as the colder months come, and, with them, more frequent rain, ice, and wind, it can be hard to look after your driveway. Make sure to complete all maintenance tasks before dealing with colder weather!
Clean Up Your Garden or Patio
It is not true that you can only enjoy your garden or patio during the summer months! By getting these areas ready in advance, you can enjoy the beauty of the outdoors for the next whole season! Just make sure you have gotten rid of leaves, updated the furniture, and invested in covers and heaters. If you have installed an outdoor fireplace, you can also enjoy marshmallows on the fire pit in autumn and beyond.
Check for Drafts
Drafts can let the heat escape, thus making your home less energy-efficient and more uncomfortable. While these issues are easily addressed while the weather is still warm and sunny, they can become severe inconveniences as the temperatures drop. Make sure to check the whole home for drafts and consider investing in insulation – this might seem like an unnecessary investment at first, but it can truly help you reduce your energy and heat loss.
Clean and Declutter
Clutter can have a significant impact on your ability to focus and your mood. Additionally, a cluttered area is easier to clean, which causes dust mites, debris, and mold to accumulate. In turn, this can cause the home environment to become less healthy and the indoor air quality to decrease. You can prevent all this by deep-cleaning your home before the winter months come. Consider embracing minimalism to elevate your interior decor while creating a healthy atmosphere.
Let Nature In
Letting nature inside your home is important all year round. However, as the temperatures start to drop and the winter months approach, it is always more difficult for everyone to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. Therefore, it is essential that you do all you can to let nature in as much as possible, especially during fall. To do so, consider letting fresh air in, installing air vents, and swapping heavy drapes for lighter curtains that let the sun through. Placing mirrored in the right locations around the house can help you create an even hairier environment.
Check Your Thermostat and HVAC System
Your thermostat and HVAC system might have not been in use during the summer months. However, periods of inactivity can cause HVAC systems to become clogged, and, once they are back up and running, they might worsen the indoor air quality and result in far less efficient appliances. Additionally, your thermostat should be properly checked and maintained – or, consider investing in a new, smart model.
Complete All of Your Renovation Projects
Home renovations can truly enhance the indoor style and feel of a home. Whether you are renovating the kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms, or patio area, make sure you complete all these jobs during the summer months. In fact, it can be far more complicated – and more inconvenient! – during fall or winter.