Dying Days Of Summer How To Prep Your House For Autumn

Dated: 08/24/2017

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farm-1656820_640.jpgNow that summer is winding down, it’s important to start thinking about the best ways to get your home in shape for autumn, in part because winter will be following sooner than you may like. While there may be lots of details to think about, it’s important to get organized and make a list so that nothing is forgotten; this way, you can have peace of mind that your home is well taken care of before the rains come and the snow starts to fly.


In many parts of the country, the weather turns chilly after September, and the days and nights can be extremely unpredictable. Making sure your home is protected will ensure that you won’t have any nasty surprises down the road. It doesn’t take a lot of money, either; there are many simple things you can do to weatherproof your house for the coming months that won’t break the bank.


Here are a few of the best ways to get started.


Check your roof


One of the first places you should check before summer ends is the roof. Look for broken or missing shingles and check the gutters for clusters of leaves that will block the autumn rains and clog everything up. Keep an eye out for moss or excessive moisture, which could indicate a leak or the growth of mold underneath.


Look at your ventilation system


Check around vents and take a look at your heating and air system to make sure there are no coolant leaks and that air is flowing through properly. Have a professional come out and clean your furnace to ensure it will be in good working order once the nights get very cold. If you have a fireplace or a hot water heater that is more than five years old, it’s also a good idea to have those checked to make sure they are free of blockages and leaks.


Service your doors and windows


A lot of heat can escape through cracks around doors and windows, so it’s important to check them for air leaks and replace any weather stripping that is coming loose. You can also caulk up any cracks. Not only will this prevent warm air from escaping, it will help you keep your utility costs down when winter does roll around.


Insulation can be a concern, as well. If you have an attic or crawlspace, make sure there are no gaps that need to be taken care of. If you have a basement, check any pipes or vents that might not have the best ventilation, as this is where mold can take root.


Get your tools ready


Think about the tools you’ll need for fall and winter: a good rake, thick work gloves, at least one shovel, salt for icy sidewalks and driveways, and jumper cables for your car. Get your garage or shed organized and make sure everything is accessible and ready to go.


Close up the pool


If you have a swimming pool--no matter how big--it will need to be taken care of at the end of summer. Consider investing in a chemical winterizing kit if you have a large or in-ground pool, or a safety cover that will keep animals and small children from wandering too close.



Sometimes you’ll need to call a professional to help you get your home in good shape for the elements, but it’s well worth it for the peace of mind you’ll have. Not only that, you’ll also be able to prevent any future damage or problems. With some preparation and a little work, your home will stay warm and safe through the cold months.


Author: Paul Denikin (DadKnowsDIY.com)


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