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Aug 31

Autumn Home Checklist: Ways to Prep Your Home for the Fall Season

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While people on the East Coast might not believe Californians have to prepare for the fall season, those of us who live in the Golden State know better. From cooler temperatures to rainy weather, Trumark Homes is prepared for any season. However, there’s always that added precaution you can take to better protect your belongings from the approaching seasonal changes. Here are some tips to help you prepare for the fall season:

Indoors

  • Put safety first! Have your furnace inspected by a professional to ensure safe operation throughout the winter season and aim to get it done during the heat of summer to avoid contractor’s busy season.
  • Check all weather stripping and replace anything that has degraded. Nothing drives up heating bills like a cold air leak!
  • Check your windows thoroughly. Window shades, blinds, and even curtains can add an extra layer of insulation between windows and the ambient room air.
  • If you have a fireplace, make sure the chimney and flue are cleaned out before you plan to relax by the fireplace.

Residential Energy Services Network has a great infographic about preparing your home for the fall season as well if you’d like some additional tips.

Outdoors

  • Clogged gutters can cause problems during a heavy rain.  Although we’re in the middle of a terrible drought, the occasional storm may still roll through. When the days start getting cooler, climb up that ladder and clean out the gutters before the rainy days commence.
  • Clear away any dead branches, brush, and dried up annuals. Not only will it make the yard look nicer as the year progresses, it will also help protect your home against end of the summer fires.
  • Although we rarely see snow in California, we do see overnight freezes. Protect outside plumbing like hose bibs by insulating them with pipe wraps and Styrofoam covers.
  • If you have a pool, chemistry is still important even though the water has cooled. Proper pH is essential to prevent corrosion or calcium deposits. Check with your local pool supply store for recommendations on your specific type of pool.
  • If your property has trees that drop leaves in the fall, use your compost to make room for the expected influx, and make sure your rake is in good condition.

Popular mechanics has some additional tips on preparing your home for Autumn including a checklist to make sure you don’t forget anything. Lowes has tips on how to close your pool for the off-season.