fall and winter home maintenance checklist

Fall & Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

Goshen, Indiana, is an ideal place for families. Its residential neighborhoods are home to young families and retired people. With fall around the corner, everyone should complete maintenance work on their homes to keep them in good repair for the upcoming winter.

Home Maintenance

Every house should be inspected for potential issues that may reveal themselves during the cold winter. The items to inspected for needed maintenance are:

Outdoor Tasks

  • Rake leaves and dispose of or shred and use as mulch for flower beds to keep plants from freezing in the winter.
  • Clean and store garden tools.
  • Remove hoses from spigots and drain them. Store them flat and coiled in an enclosed shed or garage.
  • Cover outdoor furniture or store in your shed or the garage.
  • Cover exterior air conditioning units. Remove and store window air conditioners.
  • Test your snow blower and get it serviced if needed. You’ll pay premium prices if you have to buy a new snowblower at the last minute.

Your Home’s Exterior

  • Check for cracks where pipes, windows or where wires enter the house. Openings can cause water to enter and freeze, which will eventually lead to the buildup of mold that may cause a variety of health problems for you and your family.
  • Clean out gutters and downspouts and make sure they are flushed with water so there is a smooth flow and no blockage at any point.
  • You’ll need to make sure the roof is in good shape. Check for missing shingles.
  • Check your exterior crawl spaces and vents, close and secure them.
  • Install or close storm windows.
  • Exterior maintenance is a must in order to save money in the long run.

The Interior Of Your Home

  • Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Make sure doors and windows are properly sealed to help save on your energy bill. Applying weather stripping to prevent air leaks will help cut down on drafts. Check out more ways to create an energy efficient home.
  • Change or clean furnace filters. Clean humidifiers. Have a professional inspect your furnace system. Properly serviced appliances work more efficiently.
  • Clean blinds and curtains. The holidays are just around the corner so you’ll want to put your best foot forward for guests.
  • Vacuum your refrigerator coils. Clean out old food in preparation for the holidays.
  • Clean out kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Throw away outdated food to make way for holiday feasts. Throw away old medicines to make space for Grandma’s and Grandpa’s toiletries when they come to visit.
  • Flush and clean kitchen and bathroom drains. Flush with baking soda and vinegar, and then 10 minutes later flush with boiling water. With all the additional flushing and showers your holiday guests take, frequently there are drainage issues. Thanksgiving day is a very busy day for plumbers.

Once you do these maintenance chores, you may find that you want to remodel to make more room. Please contact us today and we will get back with you as soon as we can to discuss your remodeling or addition needs.