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Exterior Home Care for the Fall Season

Exterior Home Care for the Fall Season

Each and every fall season, your home goes through changes in weather conditions as well as weather temperatures. You will need to take part in some seasonal maintenance during this time of year so that your home components run smoothly and so that you can avoid costly repairs down the road. Here are some tips for the exterior of your home for the fall season.

Fight Snowmold

Snowmold shows up on your lawn in the spring when the snow melts. It is the most common cause of lawn disease. During the winter months, the lawn is covered with snow with very little air or sun exposure. Snowmold forms slowly and leaves grass brown in color.

Aerate Lawn

The process of aerating is punching small holes throughout your lawn. This process loosens up tighten dirt, reduces thatch and makes room for water and nutrients to get into the grass. Aerating as well as over seeding is the best way, according to experts, to reduce compaction, revitalize growth and fill up bare spots in your lawn. You can either use a power or manual yard aerator.

Examine Roof and Gutters

The roof is one of the most forgotten parts of the home to inspect. This is because home roofs are not at eye level so we walk past our home many times without giving the roof a second look. In the fall, you will need to do some roof maintenance to get it ready for the winter months. This maintenance includes clearing all the leaves, pine needles and other debris from the roof as well as the gutters. Check the downspouts for any loose pieces or damages. If you have skylights, be sure to check them for leaks.

Check for Drafts

Most of the conditioned air in the home escapes through windows and doorways. You will need to walk through your home and open each window to check the seal and caulking around the frame. If you have windows that may be a bit drafty, consider adding heavy drapes to block some air infiltration. You may also want to consider replacing the weather stripping around the outside doors of the home in order to stop drafts. Other places in your home to inspect for air leaks include outlets, switches and floor registers.

Clean and Store Outdoor Furniture

Once you have closed up the pool for the season, you will need to take care of your outdoor furniture as well. Power all your summer furniture as well as cushions. After everything is dried, be sure that you store cushions in an area that is dry. This is to prevent fading and cracking. Once spring comes back around, your outdoor furniture will be ready for summer use.

Scrub Home Exterior

The goal of washing and scrubbing the outside of your home is to not only make it look great but also to prevent mold and mildew from growing. All that is needed for this project is a heavy duty power washer. One word of caution is that you don’t want to power wash vinyl since this can cause it to bend and allow water to get behind it.

Repair Driveway and Walkway

If you have even the tiniest cracks or gaps in your driveway or walkway, if left untreated these can rapidly expand during the cold, winter months. You may want to consider hiring the service of a professional to be sure that the cracks and gaps are repaired correctly.

Service Winter Equipment

Drain gas from your lawnmowers. Be sure that snow blowers are serviced and tuned up. Replace snow shovels that are damaged or broken. Make sure all summer equipment is cleaned, dried and stored for the cold months ahead. Have plenty of sand bags handy as well as ice melt and be sure ice choppers are nice and sharp.

Examine Foundation

Be sure that all debris and vegetation is raked away from the home’s foundation. Seal up any entry points to prevent small critters from getting access to underneath the home. Seal any cracks in the foundation so that mice cannot get in. Also, be sure entrances to crawlspaces are secured. Inspect sill plates for pest infestation and dry rot.

Images courtesy of Bob Vila, Nahb Meredith

This article was written by Jane Kennedy from the Comfree real estate network. She writes about home care and staging tips for their advice blog.

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