Fall is the perfect time to give your home and yard a little TLC before Old Man Winter moves back in! We’ve compiled a simple, and easy DIY checklist that will make your Winter more pleasant and hopefully prevent any surprises from popping up! Even if you choose to hire a repair person to tackle these To-Do’s it’s still a good investment and can save you from potential headaches down the road – and some big expenses.
- Check those gutters! Remove any debris, leaves, and build up from your gutters and downspouts. Failing to do so could lead to clogs causing ice dams, bug infestations, and even rot.
- Direct your drainage. Make sure that water isn’t pooling in any areas of your yard near your home. This includes runoff from downspouts or even the pitch of your driveway or yard. Water that drains near your home’s foundation that isn’t properly diverted could you leave with water seeping into your home
- Inspect and repair windows and doors. If possible, replace your screen with storm windows and doors if you have this option. You should also fix any damage you can see and add or repair any missing weather stripping or caulk to prevent drafts.
- Prep that heating system. If your heating system uses filters, make sure you replace them with new ones. If you haven’t already, you should consider having a heating professional inspect your heating system and give it a tune-up before it starts being used 24/7.
- Keep those pipes protected. Turn off the water to any exterior hose bibs or sprinkler systems and let them drain. Make sure any pipes near an exterior wall are protected and insulated from freezing.
- Inspect your fireplace. If you use a wood burning fireplace, make sure that there isn’t a buildup of creosote and the flu has a tight seal when closed. You may want to consider having a professional come in to look and clean it to prevent any fire hazards.
- Inspect your roof and attic. Look for any shingles that are buckled, cracked, or missing and any rust spots on flashing. Check your attic for any signs of water. Any loose, damaged, or missing shingles should be replaced immediately before the wind, snow, and ice make the situation worse. Also check your attic insulation to ensure it doesn’t cover any eaves, which could cause ice dams.
- Prep your yard. Fall is a great time to fertilize and seed your yard. In addition to leaf removal, you should also prune back trees and shrubs, especially those near any power lines or your roof.
- Store seasonal equipment and tools. Add fuel stabilizer to any yard equipment and run it for a few minutes before storing it for the season. Make sure any pool equipment is completely drained of water and stored in a place where rodents can’t get into them.
- Practice fire safety. Make sure you replace all the batteries in smoke and CO detectors and check to make sure they are still working. Inspect your fire extinguishers and make sure they are not expired.
Fall is arguably one of the most enjoyable seasons in New England, and while there is so much to do and see during the season, it is also important to take the time to make sure your home is prepped and ready for the change in season. Should you come across any issues that require a skilled expert and a substantial bill, don’t worry, Litchfield Bancorp is here to help. From personal loans to home equity lines of credit and loans, we will make sure you, your family, and your home are ready to take on the New England Winter! Stop in or call one of our local branches today!
Vice President, Lakeville Manager