Home Maintenance Tips for Fall and Winter

The cold season has already arrived in many parts of the country. Here in Phoenix, It doesn’t get as cold as it does around the rest of the country but there are still maintenance items that need our attention.

It’s important to prepare your home for the colder weather coming. Taking a little bit of time to winterize your home can save you a lot of time, and money, later on. Check out these tips for preparing your home for the fall and winter.

If you are in an area that doesn’t get snow, delete the last item on the list, and edit the remainder as you see fit. If you are in an area that is very hot and humid in the summer, you might also point out that the cooler fall and winter months are a good time to have your house painted (lower humidity) or have roof or screen enclosure repairs done (services aren’t as busy as spring and summer.)

1. Check window and door weather stripping for damage.

2. Wrap exterior water pipes or hose bibs with heating tape for those 2 or 3 freezing nights that we get.

3. Clean your gutters.

4. Check your roof for damage or leaks.

5. Fill cracks in your driveway and foundation.

6. Check attic insulation for pest damage.

7. Have your furnace serviced.

8. Check your chimney for obstructions and make sure your damper is working..

9. Aerate and fertilize your lawn.

10. Change the air filters in your HVAC system.

11. Change smoke detector batteries.

12. Have landscaping pruned.

13. Change your ceiling fan direction.

14. Clean humidifiers before using.