Your Fall/Winter Home Maintenance Checklist
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Clean Out and Repair Rain Gutters
You can do this job yourself, or hire someone to do it for you, but this is an essential chore to perform each fall. Preferably, you’ll want to clean out the gutters after all the trees in your yard have finished dropping their leaves. If you plan to tackle this yourself, this handy how-to video will take you through this task step-by-step.
Inspect the Roof
While you are up on that ladder, take time to inspect your roof, or hire someone to do this for you. Problems like damaged shingles and worn-out seals around vent pipes and chimneys are much easier to remedy if you catch them early. It’s a good idea to hire a licensed contractor to take care of any necessary repairs.
Take Care of Patio Furniture
Whether you decide to store patio furniture away for the winter or simply cover it for the season, take the time to do a bit of cleaning and maintenance on your patio seating and tables. First, remove any cushions from the furniture; next, give all pieces a good scrub using mild dish soap, a bucket of water, and a soft bristled brush. Get all the cracks and crevices as clean as possible. then hose off any soapy residue and let the furniture dry in the sun.
You’ll also want to give the cushions a thorough cleaning, too. Use the same mild soap, water, and scrub brush to clean all cushions. Let them air dry in the sun, as well. Check the furniture for any loose or missing screws and tighten or replace them. If the furniture will remain outside, purchase some heavy-duty covers to protect everything from the elements. Cushions should be stored in the garage or basement, if possible. I like to store them in a large covered plastic storage bin; this helps protect the cushions from critters, moisture, and dirt.
Clean and Cover the Grill
Now is the perfect time to clean your outdoor grill before stowing it away for the winter. For a thorough example of how to clean your grill, click here for a helpful video. If you will be storing your grill outdoors, purchase a durable grill cover and if possible, store the grill in a covered area to protect it as best as possible from the elements.
Clean, Stain, and/or Seal the Deck
Fall is the perfect time to take care of maintenance on your deck. At the very least, a good cleaning is recommended. Check the durability of your stain and seal by following the steps on this checklist, which also gives detailed instructions on how to re-stain or re-seal your deck properly.
Inspect Your Driveway for Cracks
If you find any cracks, clean them out and repair any damage with driveway filler. Follow up with a coat of commercial sealer.