Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and depending on where you live, there is a good chance fall weather is coming right along with it. Before the season is in full swing, get a head start on your seasonal maintenance. By preparing for fall weather, you can address any issues that may get worse with colder temperatures or just keep your home in the best condition to make sure your property is in top shape no matter the season. Here is a great reference checklist to make sure you’re doing the basics to get your home ready for the fall and winter months:
1. Rake it up.
Everyone loves the changing leaves, except your grass. Leaving fallen leaves in your yard can kill you grass and prevent growth in the spring. Make sure you keep those leaves raked up!
2. Check your gutters.
Those same leaves that can kill your grass can also clog your gutters. Clogged gutters can lead to plenty of other issues, so be sure to periodically check your gutters to prevent buildup.
3. Don’t forget your roof.
You don’t want fall to pass and winter to arrive only to find out you’re missing a few shingles. While you’re checking your gutters, make sure to check on your roof too.
4. Store summer decor.
If you are set to get cold temperatures this fall, take the time to pack away your summer items. If your patio furniture isn’t equipped for a surprise ice or even snow storm, you’ll be glad you took the time to store it away now. You never know what Texas weather will bring!
5. Prevent frozen pipes.
No one wants frozen, bursting pipes. Remember to shut off water to your exterior faucets before the weather hits freezing temperatures. If you have a sprinkler system have it winterized. You don’t want to be the house with the beautiful ice sculpture in the front yard.
6. Venting is healthy.
As the temperatures drop, static electricity increases. If you have lint build up in your dryer, this static electricity makes it easier to ignite. If you are able, open the doors and windows on those 60 and 70 degree days that pop up.
7. Do your own inspection.
Take a walk around the interior and exterior of your home and try to look at it with fresh eyes. Keep an eye out for any damage to walls, floors, or cement outdoors. Be sure to fill any cracks or fix loose gravel that could cause a fall when colder weather is added to the mix. Remember to water your foundation in the fall and winter too….just not when it’s freezing.
8. Check your insurance.
Is your home insurance up to date? Make sure your insurance will stand up in a storm and that you will be covered no matter what fall will bring.
Andrea Carla Curtis
Owner/Broker LIC TX REALTOR(R)
United Country Premier Properties
United Country International Director of Military Properties
202 W Central Texas Expressway
Killeen, Texas 76541