September is finally here, and we’re already being graced with the occasional chill-in-the-air morning, without humidity (can you tell we’re excited?). Before we get wrapped up in all things fall, though, we should treat these mornings as a friendly reminder for the home maintenance we should be doing soon. Below is a list of just a few things to take care of before the cold weather really sets in.
If you’re already seeing leaves on the ground, you know cleaning your gutters is a task that’s not far behind. Go the extra mile, if you have to, and opt for a full-on gutter replacement if your home’s showing its years.
As we mentioned above, this cool weather is something to be enjoyed after a brutal Tennessee summer. With that being said, we’d rather not have that cold air sneaking into the place we call home come wintertime. Before feeling the effects of a drafty house, take the time to seal leaks around windows and doors. This may involve re-caulking, but you can also consider a window insulating kit as an alternative, in which you’ll place a film over the panes to eliminate air leaks. For doors, purchase door draft blockers, which are inexpensive and incredibly effective.
If you have a fan in your home, a simple change of its direction will push warm air down.
We realize that patio furniture is a favorite that you’ll probably be using for as long as the temperature outside allows. Sadly, though, the time comes when it should be taken inside. Even though it’s built to withstand the outdoors, it’s not meant to be there all year round. In order to keep furniture in good condition, if applicable, remove the furniture’s cushions and clean the frame with liquid dish soap, a sponge, and warm water. Rinse it clean, avoiding heavy water pressure. Let it dry before storing it in your house, shed, or garage.
Putting down fertilizer before your lawn is buried in the winter will promote its healthy regrowth come thaw in the spring. Look for a fertilizer that’s made for application in the fall at your local garden store.