About the Author
Chris Caisse is a Certified Master Inspector® / Owner of Platinum Home Inspections, located in New Hampshire, USA.
Cider donuts, changing leaves… Fall is in the air! As your home transitions from summer into fall this year in New England, continue to check off these small seasonal tasks using the list below.
1. GUTTER CLEARING
Clear out any leaves, debris, or blockages from the gutters to ensure proper water drainage during the rainy season. This will help prevent water damage to the roof, walls, and foundation.
2. ROOF INSPECTION
Check the roof for any missing, damaged, or loose shingles. Repair or replace them as necessary to prevent leaks and protect your home from water damage.
3. CHIMNEY CLEANING AND INSPECTION
Have your chimney professionally cleaned and inspected before using it in the winter. This ensures proper ventilation and prevents potential fire hazards.
4. HVAC SYSTEM MAINTENANCE
Schedule a maintenance service for your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Clean or replace filters, check for leaks, and ensure optimal performance for the colder months ahead.
5. SEALING AND INSULATION
Inspect windows and doors for drafts and apply weatherstripping or caulking to seal any gaps. Additionally, consider adding insulation to attics, basements, and crawl spaces to improve energy efficiency and keep your home warm.
6. EXTERIOR MAINTENANCE
Check the exterior of your home for cracks, gaps, or damaged siding. Repair any issues to prevent moisture intrusion, which can lead to mold growth and other structural problems.
7. LAWN AND GARDEN CLEANUP
Trim trees and shrubs away from the house to prevent damage from falling branches during winter storms. Rake and remove leaves from the yard to promote healthy grass growth in the spring.
8. FIRE SAFETY MEASURES
Test smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers to ensure they are in proper working condition. Replace batteries if needed and familiarize yourself with escape routes and emergency procedures.