Fall is almost here. Pumpkin patches, Halloween, bonfires and cookouts are just some of the
things that make fall a firm favorite for many.
But have you thought about your fall home maintenance yet? It might not be the most
exciting part of the season, but it sure is important. Not taking good care of your home
properly could leave you with lasting and expensive damage.
The Advantage Pro Services team lives and breathes home maintenance, so we’ve put
together this checklist to help you (and your home!) through the transition from summer to
Fertilize your lawn
People talk about summer lawn care a lot. But you don’t as often hear about fall lawn care.
Even when your lawn isn’t growing, the roots are still very much alive. Because of this, you
should apply fertilizer to your lawn in the fall to help protect it when it starts to grow again in
the spring and summer.
(Psst! Using fertilizer in the fall can also help your lawn grow quicker in the spring and
Clean and repair your gutters
As gutter cleaning and maintenance experts, we recommend that you have your gutters
cleaned regularly. Proper gutter cleaning prevents leaks, flooding, mold, pests, foundation
damage, window damage and more.
One of the most important times to have your gutters cleaned is the fall. This is, of course,
because temperatures are beginning to drop and so are leaves from trees.
We should be deep cleaning our homes regularly and there’s no better time to take on a big
house clean than the turn of the season.
When the nights start drawing in and the evenings become cooler, start organizing your
home; putting summer clothes away, putting away the paddling pool in your backyard, and
bringing out any of the soft furnishings and décor that you like to use in the fall.
Deep clean everywhere from underneath your bathtub and behind your furniture to behind
your kitchen appliances and under your bed.
When the temperatures begin to fall, the bugs and rodents want to seek refuge in your
home! The best way to tackle this (and, therefore, diseases, fleas, droppings, and structural
damage) is to have your home inspected and sealed by a pest control professional.
If you live in Houston or Austin in Texas, Natran will be able to give you a free home
inspection as soon as tomorrow. This is a green pest control company which doesn’t use
toxic chemicals and offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Properly store firewood
Fall is the perfect time for backyard bonfires or cozy nights next to the wood burner. But
when you’re stocking up on your firewood, there are some things you need to think about as
firewood and termite infestations are closely linked. Store your firewood off the ground with
the bark side up. You should never store your firewood against your home or garage.
Have you ever paid much attention to your weatherstripping? If not, it’s the adhesive strips
that line your window and door frames and it’s there to seal the openings.
You should be checking your weatherstripping every year, or if you feel a draft. It’s especially
important to check your weatherstripping when the fall and winter come around. This is
because weatherstripping that needs to be replaced can let warmth out and cool air into your
home, making your heating less efficient.
This article will tell you everything you need to know about checking your weatherstripping.
Dirty windows make it difficult for the sun to heat your home as efficiently, so it could be
costing you more in heating bills. With that in mind, thoroughly clean your windows (both
interior and exterior), whether you do it yourself or hire a professional.
Tackle outdoor repairs
Most of us have a list of DIY to-dos that we keep putting off. And we’re likely to feel much
less motivated to do them when fall comes around. So, try to check off the outdoor repairs
list before we get to mid-September.
Put away your garden hoses
If you leave your hoses attached to your faucets, water can stay trapped inside them and
you run the risk of your pipes bursting if and when the temperature drops below freezing.
Similarly, drain your outdoor faucets after you’ve removed your hosepipes.
To learn more about our home maintenance services in Houston, including pressure
washing, soft washing, window cleaning and gutter cleaning, take a look around our website.