The leaves are changing colour and some of the most beautiful scenery of the year is yet to come. Although it may be cool and blustery, that’s exactly what makes the coming months all the cozier.
In order to capitalize on such an amazing backdrop, there are a few maintenance tasks that may be required to keep your home looking and functioning its best. In this article, we’ll take you through a checklist of fall maintenance tasks that should generally be done no matter the home.
Rake your leaves as much as possible.
As the seasons change, falling leaves are abundant. They can block sun and water from getting to your lawn, and can sometimes rot and harm your grass. Keep in mind that your lawn is still alive during the wintertime.
Fertilize, dethatch and aerate your lawn.
Fertilizing, dethatching and aerating are some of the most beneficial things you can do for your lawn during the fall season. They allow your lawn to absorb more critical nutrients necessary to come back as strong as possible in the springtime. There are a variety of tools and machines available for both rent and purchase if this sounds appealing to you.
Trim overgrown branches on trees or shrubs.
Trimming overgrown branches on any trees or shrubs you may have can protect your home and property during a storm. If one is picked up by a strong gust of wind, it could cause damage to your walls, windows and garden spaces. Sometimes, overgrowth can negatively affect the plant’s health, so it’s generally better for them, too!
Inspect your gutters and downspouts.
During the summer months, fallen leaves, twigs and other debris can quickly clog your gutters. In the fall, deciduous trees release their seeds which can also add to the blockage. When gutters get full, they’re not able to properly funnel water away from your home which can lead to leaks in your roof, siding and foundation. Water can also pool which can cause flooding.
Check to make sure winter equipment is in working condition.
It’s always good to know in advance if you need any new winter equipment. Snow doesn’t exactly give warning signs, so you want to make sure you’re prepared.
Looking to buy or sell in the fall? It isn’t too late.
The fall can create an incredible environment for staging a home. If you’re still looking to buy or sell, this may still be a good time to do so. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.