The sun is beginning to set a bit earlier every night, the air is getting cooler, and the leaves are starting to change. A few more weeks and it will be time to wrap up the summer.
This checklist gives you a general guideline of what should be done to your home’s exterior before the cooler season hits.
1. The patio furniture has done its job, and now it’s time to wipe it down, fold it up and place it in storage. This includes umbrellas and any scattered seasonal toys.
2. Warm breezes are to be expected during the summer months, and during the dryer days the wind may have blown the dust around, dirtying up windows and patio doors. Now is a great time to pull out the vinegar and water to clean up your exterior windows.
3. Drain and store garden hoses and remember to insulate covers on any exterior spigots. Sprinkler systems should be blown free of water as well to avoid any freezing over the colder months.
1. Take this time to touch up the trim, railings, decks and fences. But first, scrape off any peeling paint and prime any bare wood beforehand.
2. Keep the cold out and check the caulking around windows and doors. Redo the caulking if you see any cracks or gaps.
3. Ensure that garage doors and any external doors close properly; tightly and securely. If not, consider installing weather-stripping in the door threshold to keep the cool air out.
1. Check gutters and downspouts for debris and clean out accordingly. This will ensure that on those warmer winter days that the ice melt will have somewhere to go and that the ice won’t build up.
It was a good summer. You lounged, tanned, entertained and enjoyed the nice weather. Now it’s time to make sure that the rest of the year is just as enjoyable by preparing for the fall and winter months ahead.