September marks the time of year when the air starts to cool and Fall nears. Kids have returned to school, and the days start getting shorter. September is the time when we realize that summer is gone the change of seasons is just around the corner. It is also the perfect time to work on our homes and prepare them for the colder months ahead.
Home maintenance is very important as seasons and temperatures start to change. It is a good way to make sure that damages and repairs are addressed early, so that they are not exacerbated by harsh winter weather. Below is a home maintenance checklist for the month of September.
- Start cleaning, repairing and repainting your home exterior. Take the time to clean the exterior of your home while the weather is nice outside. Also clean the gutters and roof to prevent unnecessary weight during snow and to avoid hindrances to drainage. Repaint areas that have faded or chipped, but just be sure to do it on a day that it’s not raining.
- Service your heating system. Cold days will be here before you know it, and you want to be sure your heater functions properly when you are ready to use it. Do a general check of your heating system, and if any repairs need to be made, have them done immediately.
- Add or replace weather stripping on your doors and windows. Check your doors and windows for possible gaps and cracks. If you already have weather stripping on your doors and windows, check for missing or torn parts and replace them as soon as possible.
- Check your attic and home insulation. Make sure that your home insulation is working well and add more if needed. This will help you save energy and money during the colder months.
- Inspect your deck and re-stain if needed. Check for possible wood rot and other damage and add a new layer of water proofer to help protect it against winter moisture. Do the same for wooden handrails and steps.
- Inspect your basement. Check to see if there are any cracks, holes or other damages that need repair.
- Stack wood. If you use wood for your fireplace, it is a good time to start collecting and storing if for the winter months.