Every fall, I seem to make a list in my head of things that need completed before the cold hits! However, things always slip through the cracks, and it’s so much easier to make a physical list! This way I can share it with all of you as well. And these are great ideas that can help your house from little bits of damage, that might hurt it’s resale value!
- Did everyone remember to set their clocks back on Saturday! I hope so by this point! 🙂
- Remove your hoses from faucets. Make sure to do this before the first freeze and damage is done! Drain the hoses and store them in the garage.
- Seal air leaks – use caulk to seal off any holes around pipes, etc., that could allow moisture to get inside. That’s how mold starts to grow.
- Remove gutter clutter. How are your gutters looking? As fall continues, make sure that this item is on the list, and as soon as that last leaf hits the ground, clean out your gutters of leaves and other debris.
- Check your landscape and make sure the soil around your house is flowing downward, and has a slope to it. This allows moisture to flow away from the house – super important to avoid moisture coming through cracks!
- Is your fireplace safe? Before those cozy, hot chocolate nights during snowfalls, be sure to ensure that your fireplace is in safe, workable condition. Take a peek up the fireplace shaft!
- Possibly the most important: your furnace. Is your furnace cleaned and maintained? It’s about to start working nonstop.
- Deep-clean the house. Because there is simply nothing better than the satisfaction that comes when this is complete.
I’d be interested to know what you all have on your fall maintenance list – and if you have any other great points to add! I am always up for learning and refining, especially if it means that my clients’ selling experience will be smoother, and unlocking new doors that much easier.