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10 Easy Steps to get Your Home Ready for Fall

NOW IS A GREAT TIME TO GET YOUR HOME READY FOR FALL.

Let us help you get your home ready for fall.

It would be amazing if all you needed to do to get your home ready for fall was hang a wreath and light a bunch of pumpkin spice candles. However, there are more important preparations that come with being a homeowner. Consider this everything you need to know before your house transitions from hot summer days to cool fall nights…and eventually freezing temperatures.


Here’s what you need to do to get your home ready for fall. Learn what projects will ensure your house makes a smooth transition from summer to fall in style — and may save you some money too!


1.) Reprogram your Thermostat

You need to do some prep work for the cold weather ahead. Get your home ready for fall today by changing the temperature settings on your thermostat. Make sure the house is warm when people are active (mornings and evenings). But don’t be afraid to lower the temperature by several degrees or more when the family is away or sleeping. Even smart programmable thermostats may need some help figuring out your winter schedule!


2.) Clean Your Furnace and Switch Out Your Filters

Check your furnace for soot, ignition problems, pilot light health, and the state of other components to prepare for the fall season. Also, clean up dust and grime, arrange for professional inspections for anything that worries you, and then let us know if there’s anything else we can do to keep your heating system running smoothly. This is also a great time to switch out your filters if you haven’t already (best practice, do this one monthly), since clean air is important when the house is closed for winter. You may also need to winterize your outdoor air conditioner unit, depending on the type of system you have. This usually involves cleaning your coils and covering the unit to protect it from the elements.


3.) Look for gaps and cracks in your insulation

Make your home fall ready and prepared for the winter and air infiltration. Take a trip up to your attic/crawlspace during the day and look for rays of light in the corners. The only light should be coming from your attic vents and corners should be well-protected with insulation. And do the same thing with your ductwork.


4.) Clean, inspect, and prepare your fireplace for the fall season!

Ensure your fireplace is always in working order. Be sure to clean out your fireplace, check your chimney for blockages and make sure that your damper is working smoothly. If your chimney is coated in soot or forming tarry creosote residue, you will need to clean the chimney thoroughly to prevent fire hazards. Let us know if you need a recommendation!


5.) Prepare Your Outdoor Furniture

Get your outdoor furniture washed to get your home ready for fall. This is true even for durable cushions, as they can develop mold issues over wet seasons. If you get a lot of snow, consider storing chairs and tables in a shed for better protection. Remember, mosaic tables can be particularly vulnerable to freezing temperatures.


6.) Insulate Pipes to Prepare Your Home for the Winter

Standing water in your pipes can freeze when temps drop below freezing. This can cause valves to break and brittle pipelines to crack, resulting in leaks and water damage. You can prepare your home for the winter by insulating your pipes if they aren’t protected or if you have new plumbing. Simple foam sleeves can be used for this.


7.) Inspect your windows and screens to make sure they are in proper working order

Opening windows will let fresh, cool air into the house before the days get too chilly.  But you should check your screens first to make sure they aren’t warped or bent. Large spaces encourage curious insects to enter your home. This is also a good time to check your window weather stripping to make sure the felt is intact and not letting any drafts through.


8.) Bring in Delicate Plants

Potted plants that are sensitive to moisture and low temperatures need protection. Consider bringing them in for the winter to get your home ready for fall. Remember that the move will be a shock to your more delicate flowers, so treat them carefully.


9.) Test your Smoke Detectors

When fall arrives, you’ll want to get your house ready for the cold. This includes replacing the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and checking their condition/positioning. It’s also important to know when it’s time to replace a smoke detector since they have an expiration date.


10.)  Check on your Water Heater

Make sure your water heater is in good working order. In the fall and winter, your water heater has a lot of work to do. Water heaters can become clogged with silt, scale, or other issues over time, reducing efficiency and causing problems. If you haven’t given your water heater much thought, it may be time to clean it out in preparation for the winter months ahead.

Need recommendations for any or all of these projects? Feel free to reach out to us at ryan@dsmsold.com. We’d love to connect you with some of our tried and true recommendations.


Homeowners should take a these easy steps to ensure that their home will be ready for the fall season. Fall is a great time to take care of basic maintenance and to make sure your home is prepared for winter. Remember that preventive maintenance can save you money on expensive emergency repairs and wasted energy costs.

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