Fall is almost here with all its beautiful colors and weather! Kids are back to school, and trees will start to lose their leaves.
However the cooler weather and shorter daylight hours may not be the most ideal conditions to weatherize your home. Take advantage of the end of summer to do so. So let’s look at 12 home projects you should consider doing before Fall is officially here in Lee’s Summit.
Exterior Home Inspection
1. Look for all cracks and peeled paint
Take a walk around your home. Look for any wall cracks, chipped paint, and crevices around windows. You might want to start at the sidewalk and take a look at your driveway. What kind of shape is your driveway in? Need to fill in any cracks or potholes? Proceed up the walkway to your porch checking, again, for cracks and chipped paint.
2. Don’t forget the gutters and roof
An annual visual checkup can prevent major work later on. Look for any debris and stoppage and clean it up. When your up there, visually inspect your roof. Is there any debris up there? Missing shingles, flashing or trim that might benefit from a touch up?
3. Turn off outdoor plumbing
Start weatherizing your outside faucets and sprinklers as soon as you are ready to stop watering your lawn or flower beds.
4. Start composting
Bring out the compost bins to reap the rewards next year! Create your own backyard compost bins at home, following the Lee’s Summit City’s Code of Ordinances. Keep the bins closed to prevent pungent odors from traveling through the neighborhood. Lee’s Summit ordinance asks that you keep them 3 feet away from the street and 20 feet away from your neighbor’s house. You’ll have compost gold by next spring for your landscaping, and maybe one of the best looking lawns in Lee’s Summit. Try a top pick like the Yimmy Tumbler Composter.
5. Clean outdoor furniture and gardening tools, and deck
Don’t be quick to put your furniture away just yet. I mean Labor Day is coming to Lee’s Summit soon! However, you might want to start washing down the deck and furniture and any tools you don’t need anymore…but before you put all your garden tools away…
6. Plant bulbs for spring-blooming flowers
Plant bulbs in October, as soon as the soil has cooled down, to reap big rewards next spring. If you’ve never planted bulbs before, select a spot in your yard that gets full sun during the day.
7. Prepare your furnace for winter duty
If you didn’t already do it last spring, consider getting your furnace professionally serviced in time for the cold season. At the minimum, though, visually inspect your furnace and replace the furnace filter before turning it on for the first time. Check out some great Lee’s Summit local professionals.
8. Clean the fireplace and chimney
You’ve looked at the chimney exterior, now it’s time to get it inspected and cleaned, especially if you didn’t do this last year. Hire a local Lee’s Summit chimney expert to check and service the chimney. Don’t forget the firewood!
9. Keep the warm air inside and the cold air outside
Inspect your windows and doors, for chipped paint, cracks and weatherstripping. Also, now’s the time to re-caulk around windows and door casings, if needed.
10. Light the way
Make the most of natural light, clean your windows, curtains and blinds, especially in rooms that get a lot of sunlight. It’s a good idea to get sun into your rooms to help heat your home naturally. Add lighting to darker spaces, and consider replacing your bulbs to energy efficient options.
11. Create a mudroom
Even if you don’t have a dedicated mudroom in your home, now’s a good time to think about organizing and stocking an entryway that will serve as a “mudroom” area for cold and wet weather.
Put down an indoor-outdoor rug to protect the floor. A fun and rewarding weekend project is to build a wooden shoe rack, coat rack or storage bench for your entryway. You’ll have the cutest entry/exit space in Lee’s Summit!
12. Home safety check
Replace the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide monitors. A good way to remember to do this is to always replace the batteries when you change the clock for daylight saving time.
Create a family fire escape plan, or review the one you already have. Put together an emergency preparedness kit so that you are ready for winter power outages.
Once you finish with your autumn home checklist, you will be ready to enjoy the season in your warm, comfortable home.