The heat of summer has finally moved out and it’s time to start thinking about the temperatures dropping, the holidays quickly approaching and getting your house in shape for indoor entertaining. To keep you organized, we’ve put together a list of things you should think about as you transition your home to the cooler weather.
- Transition your garden
- It’s time to say good-bye to your summer and fall blooms and winterize any perennials. If you have artificial plants inside, take this time to thoroughly clean them.
- Take inventory of your decorations
- As you begin pulling out decorations, take stock of what you use and what you don’t. Cleaning out what you don’t use will keep storing your decorations manageable.
- Clean clothes dryer vents
- Check vents and hoses for lint and thoroughly clean.
- Check appliances and perform any maintenance
- With the holidays just around the corner, make sure your appliances are still in good condition. Properly defrosting your freezer or deep cleaning your oven are good places to start.
- Service your HVAC system
- Before winter sets in, have your heating unit serviced to help prevent any issues.
- Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
- Change batteries and ensure all detectors are properly working.
- Replace all air filters in your house
- If you haven’t checked how dirty your air filters are, now is a good time. Having clean air filters will cut down on your energy bills and will ensure you are breathing clean air.
- Winterize your sprinkler system
- Turn off and disconnect water hoses before the first freeze.
- Maintain weatherstripping and windows
- Check all caulking for separations and cracks. Having secure windows will help keep your electric bill under control.
By performing monthly maintenance on your home, you can potentially prevent major issues from occurring. For more ideas on keeping your home in the best shape possible, check out our monthly maintenance checklist.