Fall Home Maintenance Tips
October 8, 2020
It’s here! Fall is here! It’s time for scarves and sweater weather! Pumpkin spice everything! But before you get too cozy, let’s look at some easy fall home maintenance tips so you can protect your investment.
Preparing your home for fall
Let’s start with the interior of your home!
Although we’ve all been getting a lot of inside time this year, you’ll still likely spend a lot more time at home over the next few months. Now is a great time to declutter your house. If you’d like, check out The Domestic Partner’s post about 50 things to throw away right now.
Deep cleaning items for fall
There are a few deep cleaning items that you should address in fall. If you’ve been running your fans non-stop for the summer, it’s time to give them a clean! Wet down a cloth and gently run it over the blades. High ceilings? No problem! Swiffer makes a great extension set for cleaning hard-to-reach places.
While you’re at it, tackle anything that has to do with circulation. Switch out the air filters on your furnace. Vacuum the dust out of the vents. If you have an air conditioner, make sure you clean the filter for that, too.
Carpet cleaning is also ideal during this time. You should be able to comfortably open your windows and doors at night to let your home air out.
Fall Home Maintenance Tips: The indoors
Similar to carpet cleaning, if you have indoor projects that need air circulation like painting, now is a great time to take care of them.
You may also consider booking your HVAC company for service now to get your furnace taken care of before you need it (and before the companies get booked!). Plus, we all know that here in Albuquerque, the winter has a way of sneaking up on you.
I also like to check my caulking and grout every fall and replace it if needed. Don’t skip the kitchen sink!
Since we’ve just finished monsoon and swamp cooler season, now’s also a great time to do a mold check in your home. Bob Vila has a great article about checking for mold yourself.
Don’t forget to spray for pests around your home. Now that the weather is cooling down, it’s time for insects to start trying to find a place to crash for the night.
If you have a fireplace or wood burning stove, make sure you take care of maintenance and cleaning items on it now if you forgot at the end of the last cold season.
Lucky enough to live in an adobe home? Fall is a great time to take care of your vigas. Clean any dust off of them, then gently apply beeswax to them with a soft cloth.
Finally, if you’re dealing with a tree root problem in your sewer drains, it’s best to use a root killer twice a year: once in the spring, and once around now.
Prepping your home’s exterior for fall
Your home may have some problem areas to address.
First, there’s your roof. Albuquerque sees long, hot, and dry summers. We also see a lot of high winds and hail storms. That means your roof may get broiled and battered on the same day. The best of my fall home maintenance tips? Look at your roof, or get a professional to do so.
Check for damaged or loose shingles and address them. If your roof is looking a little worse for wear, consider hiring a company to seal it. This treatment can extend the life of your roof by several years.
Also take a look around your windows and doors. Look for any cracks or gaps and fill them with caulk or another compound. Also check your weatherproofing and make sure it’s not worn. Replace it if so.
Finally, check your siding. If you see cracks or signs of aging in your siding, address them as soon as you can. For stucco, a rule of thumb is to treat any crack you can slide a quarter into.
Taking care of your yard
Fall is a great time for yard work. The temperatures have gotten bearable, but the days are still long enough to get things done after work.
If you’ve kept up with weeding your yard over the summer, congratulations! But if things have gotten out of hand, now’s a great time to play catch-up.
Leaves will start falling, so make sure you stay on top of it with frequent raking.
If you’ve xeriscaped your yard, late fall – about a month before the ground freezes – is a great time to spread nitrogen on your lawn.
Perhaps the most important home maintenance item for fall: drain your sprinkler system and winter-proof all water faucets and spouts. If you have a swamp cooler, you’ll also want to winterize it and seal off the air vent.
You can take care of pruning your trees in the late fall or during the winter. Walk around your home and plan to cut away any bushes or trees that make contact with your home. Also check out your power lines, cable lines, and other aerial wiring to make sure your trees are far enough away to avoid contact. You can also generally call the utility company and ask them to trim your trees for free if something is posing a safety issue.
Finally, clean your gutters! This should be done every season. While you clean your gutters, look for indications that your roof is aging, such as a large collection of run-off roof graining.
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Make sure you subscribe for a seasonal update on ways to take care of your home! If we’ve missed anything, leave a comment to let us know. What are your favorite fall home maintenance tips? Which of these items do you consider the most important? What other things do you like to do around your home in fall? Are you already decorating for Halloween? Also be sure to check out our homeowner survival guide, which has all the home maintenance items your parents never taught you.