After another beautiful summer here in the Puget Sound fall is finally here. Here are a few tips for new and seasoned homeowners alike!
Cracks and Gaps
The air is starting to cool down, but before it is time to start turning on the heat you should check your home for cracks and gaps, especially around windows and doors, electrical outlets, outdoor faucets, around heating and cooling units, around air conditioners, corners formed by siding, and openings around drain pipes in bathrooms and kitchens. If you can seal up these small cracks now it could lower your energy costs this winter. Caulking and weather stripping will reduce the cold air flowing in from outside and will keep your precious warm air in.
Check Out Your Roof
Look at your roof. Look for any sign of minor damage like shingles that may be missing, broken, or cracked or any bare spots. You want to make sure that you get any roof issues taken care of before the cold and wet weather gets here.
Clean Your Gutters
There are a whole bunch of problems that can occur during the winter that are caused by dirty or clogged gutters including flooded basements or damage to your landscaping or foundation. Luckily this is a fairly simple thing to deal with. Cleaning your gutters is simple; remove any debris in the gutter. If you seem to have a lot of debris collecting in your gutters you might want to consider gutter guards.
Trim Trees and Bushes
Trim your trees and bushed now. This will save you some of the mess that could occur during fall and winter storms. It also has the added benefit of being good for your plants! Make sure you double check on the variety of tree and bush and follow the advised pruning and trimming guidelines for your plants. In the spring this will pay off when your trees and bushes are healthier than ever!
Fertilize Your Lawn
Did you know that your grass is still alive during the winter months, even with snow over it? The roots continue to grow all winter long. Fertilizing now will give your grass the nutrients it needs to come back healthier than ever next spring.
Store Your Lawnmower
Storing your lawnmower properly can save you a huge headache next spring. You want to completely remove all the fuel following the directions for your mower. You should check your manufactures recommendations for storing your mower over the winter, your model may have specific instructions.
Stay warm as things cool down!