It is quite a popular opinion that fall is the best time of year for many reasons. College football is back in session, the weather offers a nice break from the summer heat, and lots of fun holidays are on the horizon. It also is the best time of year to give your home its yearly physical, to make sure everything is in order before the winter sets in with the potential to do some harsh damage if you aren’t careful. As you’re going through your home, feel free to reference this list of places to check as it’s important you don’t leave any stone unturned.
In the Kitchen: The kitchen might not be the first place you would think about to winterize, but in fact it could be one of the most important. Checking the sink and faucets for leaks, ensuring all appliances are in working order, and making sure all water filters are changed is a good place to start.
In the Interior: Now that the air has dried out, check all doors leading to the outside for trapped moisture causing swelling and sticking. Jiggle all door knobs to detect ones that have loosened, jiggle the stair rail to ensure its sturdiness, test all smoke alarms, and check to make sure ceiling fans haven’t spun themselves ajar from all their use over the summer.
Around the Exterior: This one could turn into a financial doozy depending on how many repairs are necessary, but is definitely not a place to forget. Be sure to check for and repair cracks in concrete on the driveway or asphalt walking paths so they do not create tripping hazards. These can also let water in which will inevitably freeze in the winter time causing even more issues. Check and clear the gutters to make for proper drainage, examine the condition of the roof, and remove collections of debris so everything can properly dry out.
With Regards to Electrical: Take a look at the trees surrounding your house and make sure there is no potential for them to affect any wires or power lines should something take them down. Looking for loose receptacles or outlet covers will tell you if any should be replaced, and also test all outlets with a electrical tester (or string of Christmas lights) to be sure they are all in working order. Odds and Ends: Windows should be checked to ensure the seal is holding warm air inside and not letting it escape – no one likes paying a heating bill higher than it’s already going to be! In your attack, check for entry points for animals or look around for signs an animal has already made a home in yours. It is also a good idea to do an inspection during the day time with the lights off to help you see any holes in the roof letting light in. Check your garage door for dents in the tracks, check water pressure around various places in your home, and last but not least, don’t forget to take some time to enjoy the season!