I feel like I was just postponing Spring cleaning and now it is time for pumpkin and turkeys? I know there is a lot to do to get a home ready for the Winter! What do you do in the Fall to prepare?
I always try and clean the fridge coils, change filters in furnace/water, flip mattresses, and stock up on rock salt for icy weather.
I was reading on some other DIY blogs about outside preparations for the change of seasons and realized that there are a lot of things I need to do!
Organized Home has a great Autumn cleaning chore list and I posted some highlights:
Out and About:
Time to come inside for winter! Outside the house, tend to these autumn chores:
- Clean and store patio furniture, umbrellas, children's summer toys.
- Touch up paint on trim, railings and decks. Use a wire brush to remove flaking paint; prime bare wood first.
- Check caulk around windows and doors. Follow manufacturer's recommendations to re-caulk if needed.
- Inspect external doors and garage doors. Do they close tightly? Install weather-stripping, door thresholds if needed.
- Wash exterior windows.
- Drain and store garden hoses. Install insulating covers on exterior spigots. In hard-freeze areas, have sprinkler systems blown free of water.
- Check gutters and downspouts. Clear of debris if necessary. In cold-weather areas, consider installing heating cable to prevent ice dams.
- Have chimneys and flues inspected and cleaned if necessary.
These are all great tips and I am really calling the Chimney Guy this year. I failed to do this last year and we were not roasting chestnuts during the holidays or making Smore's or anything fun because we were afraid that we would burn the house down. I want to enjoy the fireplace this year! It is number one on my list. What will be your number one?