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The beautiful leaves and blustery winds of fall sneak up on us fast. Is your home ready for the season? While getting your house prepared for fall isn’t as intensive as prepping for winter, it is still important. Check the following off your list so your home stays comfortable and well-maintained when fall settles in.

Safety check

Even though extreme weather won’t come for another couple of months, you’ll probably start using your heating system again in the fall. Make sure that all your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide monitors have working batteries. If you don’t have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen, buy one, and make sure it is rated for all types of fires.

Also, review emergency procedures with your kids so everyone in your family knows what to do in the event of a fire.

Clean the gutters

Sitting inside on a fall day and listening to the rain while you read a good book is relaxing, and you don’t want that experience interrupted by your spouse yelling that your basement is flooding because the gutters stopped working properly.

An abundance of dead leaves can clog up your gutter system. Once you clean your gutters, cover them with mesh guards. If you’re not comfortable doing this yourself, hire a professional.

Light up your outdoors

The shorter days of fall may mean that you have dinner guests coming after dusk. So they don’t have to fumble their way to the front door, install some outdoor lighting. Small solar-powered lamps along the walkway should provide adequate illumination, and they make your home feel more welcoming.

Motion-sensing lights by your front door and your garage not only make it easier to navigate your way to the door after dark, they can also let you know if an unwelcome guest is sneaking onto your property at night.

Prep your entrance

Fall rain can bring unwanted mud into your home, so prep the areas by your doors. Make sure you have a rug where incoming family members can wipe their feet. A shoe rack by the front door, along with a pleasant sign reminding people to doff their footwear, can spare you plenty of floor cleaning.

Keep a few umbrellas by the front door, and hang them in a convenient place. A mudroom bench with storage and hooks is the perfect addition to your entryway if you have the space for it.

Defend against pests

As the autumn chill settles in, creepy crawlies are likely to invite themselves into your home. To keep them out, use caulk to seal any little cracks you find around the house and keeping food containers tightly closed. Don’t store firewood right next to the house; keep it at least 20 feet away. You can also use natural pest repellents, like wormwood and peppermint oil.

A beautiful season

Fall is a beautiful season with crisp air and gorgeous colors, but it can bring some unpleasant surprises if you don’t prepare well. Use these tips to make sure your home is ready. And let us know about your own home maintenance routines in the comments section, too.

 

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Cate Morgan-Harlow

Cate Morgan-Harlow is an all arounder, writing about how-to, DIY, and design with gusto. She is a shadowy figure with a mysterious past.