Fall has finally arrived!  It’s officially time for some of the best simple pleasures in life—cozy blankets, warm fires, yummy apple cider, and beautiful fall leaves. But as you put out your fall décor and bake that first pumpkin pie, don’t forget to also take care of a few fall maintenance jobs around your home.

In this post we’ll focus on things you can do on the exterior of your home, but be on the lookout for more articles covering other areas coming soon!

Gutters

Check your gutters and downspouts to make sure they are clear of debris. Those colorful fall leaves may look pretty, but they can easily clog up your home’s drainage areas. If you have a lot of trees around your home, consider installing gutter guards to protect them from debris.

Painting

Fall has arguably the most pleasant weather of all the seasons—just cool enough not to be hot, but not cold either. Take advantage of the comfortable temps and take care of that exterior painting you’ve been meaning to do.

Roof Work

Hire a professional (or do it yourself but be safe!) to inspect your roof. Replace damaged shingles and patch holes to get rid of leaks. And if worst comes to worst, spend the extra money to get your entire roof replaced. It may be expensive, but it’s better than having damage from leaks, or worse, your roof caving in during the coming cold months!

Cracks and Holes

Examine your window and door frames for holes and cracks where air could be leaking out. Also check around where pipes and wires enter the home. Using color-matched exterior caulk to seal all these cracks and holes is an easy, inexpensive project that can save you a lot on your electric bill.

Garden Hoses and Faucets

With the cooler, wetter seasons coming, you won’t be needing to water your lawn or plants like you would in the spring and summer. Remove and drain your garden hoses to store them in your shed or garage. If you leave these hoses attached, water can back up in the faucets and pipes inside the exterior walls of your home. If a hard freeze hits, this water will freeze, expand, and possibly crack the faucets or pipes.

Pruning

Prune back your plants and trees. You want to keep the limbs and branches at least three feet from the home so dew and rain won’t drip onto your roofing or siding. Not only does pruning protect your home, it also encourages healthy growth in the plants and trees.

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