As the leaves change color this season, it’s a reminder that winter is around the corner. It’s a great time to complete some DIY home repairs. Here are some items to include in your Autumn home repair checklist.
It’s A Great Time to Paint
Autumn is actually a great time to get some exterior painting done. If your wood shingles, deck, or wooden playsets need painting or staining, take advantage of the cooler temperatures. Just be sure to check the weather forecast for rain before you get started!
It’s unlikely that you’re continuing any gardening projects this late in the season. An important item on your Autumn home repair checklist is to winterize exterior water pipes. Flush the water out of your sprinkler system, empty garden hoses, and turn off water to exterior spigots. It won’t be too long before we start seeing freezing temperatures at night, so you’ll be well ahead of the game.
Trim Trees & Shrubs
Trees and shrubs go dormant once the cold sets in. It’s therefore the best time to trim and prune them. Pay particular attention to any that may touch your siding or roof. Also, look for dying or rotting limbs that may break off and damage your home during heavy snowstorms.
Keep Out Critters
When temperatures drop, pests start looking for warm places in and around your home. Prevent pest problems by identifying and clocking possible access points. Look around your foundation for any holes or gaps. Avoid piling up wood and other debris directly against your home. Add screens to any necessary openings such as vents and ridges.
Check Smoke and CO Detectors
Your home is closed up during late fall and winter and relies on combustible heating sources. Therefore, the risk of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning increases. Test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home. Most have a small test button that you can press. Replace batteries as needed.
Other Autumn Home Repair Checklist Items
These are just a few home repairs that you should consider completing this and every year. Proper home maintenance can prevent unnecessary damage during winter months. Just in case you do sustain any damage this year, it’s also a good idea to update your Massachusetts homeowner’s insurance policy. Contact your insurance agent to discuss what is covered by your policy and what options you may have for additional coverages. If you’d like to compare rates from other providers, give Gorman Insurancea call!