The Fall season is well-underway. In fact, we’re happy to report Houston has already seen 40 degree temperatures! So, how can you best get your home ready for Fall?
Here in South Texas, our Fall seasons are often pretty mild. As a result, preparation isn’t too extreme. However, there are many maintenance items you want to check before the rain and cold weather arrive. And, you’ll want to stock your home with materials to stay warm and cozy.
Fall Interior Checklist
- Have your fireplace and furnace inspected. It’s best to have a chimney inspector and HVAC professional perform inspections on an annual basis to ensure everything is in working condition. In the case of your fireplace, this cautionary measure could actually prevent a dangerous house fire.
- Test the batteries in all safety devices. Be sure to check smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Invest in cozy blankets. During the cooler months, there’s nothing better than cozying up under a soft, snuggly blanket. You can never have too many!
- Prepare for possible storms. It’s wise to have a stash of canned goods, water bottles, blankets, medicine, flashlights, first aid kits, and more, in the case of a power outage during a storm.
Fall Exterior Checklist
- Check your roof. Look for any damaged, missing, or loose shingles. Call an inspector or roof professional for any maintenance issues you find.
- Clean the gutters. To prepare for any upcoming rain, make sure the gutters are clear of debris. Also, while you’re at it, check for leaks.
- Check close trees. Inspect trees that are close to your home for broken or loose limbs that could cause damage to your home or fall on power lines. Cut down any limbs that look suspicious.
- Inspect all doors and windows. Check seals and caulking to keep wind drafts and bugs out of the house.
- Inspect any heating systems. Replace air filters, check the burner, and inspect the ductwork for a well-oiled heater.
The Fall season is a wonderful time to slow down and gather with loved ones. Yet, it’s important to have a safe, well-maintained, and cozy home to do so. Use this checklist to prepare your home for Fall!