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The weather is becoming cooler and the days are becoming shorter. The Autumn season is the perfect time to prepare your home for the winter months.

 

Clean gutters and downspouts

It’s called fall season for several reasons, but if your home is surrounded by trees you know one of those reasons better than most. Be sure to keep your gutters clean and clear of fallen leaves and debris. Check your gutter joints and tighten the necessary brackets. Also inspect your downspouts to ensure water can freely flow away from the base of your home.

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Clogged gutters can cause quite a bit of damage to your roofing and exterior walls. The goal of the gutters is to gather moisture and drive it away from your home. Clogged gutters and downspouts could have quite the opposite effect; keeping water in places you don’t want it.

Inspect exterior walls

If your home has siding, it’s important to inspect exterior walls. Look for peeling paint or blistering. Finding peeling paint or blistering is the first sign that the existing paint is failing, and failing paint can’t protect the siding of the building. Leaving the old paint job untouched over the cold and wet winter months can result in more expensive repairs in the future.

If your paint is in good condition, try to scrub away pollen, dust, dirt, and debris that have built up over the spring and summer months. Keeping the paint clean assists in ensuring future peeling and blistering is minimal. 

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Power washing your home in the fall can also help in the prevention of mold growth and mildew that is more common in the colder months. Be sure to research the power and pressure that will exert from the pressure-washer you use. If you’re unsure how much power to use on your home, consult a professional. Pressure-washing is great, but it can do more harm than good if the tool is not used correctly.

Inspect roof

While living in the South means we rarely deal with snow and ice in the cooler months, humidity and wind alone can cause significant damage to your roofing during the spring and summer. Although it may not seem like it, your roof is actually the most important line of defense in protecting your home. It’s much more cost-efficient to address and repair small damages you discover in the Fall than it is to later address a leak during a cold and icy winter rainstorm.

Caulk windows

Caulking around your windows and doorframes can prevent heat from escaping your home, saving you cash in utility bills.  While the overall impact is large, the task is simple. Caulking is also one of the least expensive maintenance jobs and can be as simple as drawing with a large pen.

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The benefits of refreshing your caulking around your home can be viewed as long-term care as well. Openings in your home’s structure can cause water to get in and freeze in the colder temperatures. This can easily result in mold buildup, water damage, or cracks in your home’s structure overtime. The maintenance cost of repairing those issues makes the purchasing of caulking seem minuscule.  

Winterize your lawn

There are quite a few yard work projects to complete in the Fall if you want a beautiful and healthy lawn in the Spring. Use a winterizer and other fertilizers that contain both nitrogen and potassium. Before moving forward with purchasing supplies, first you need to know what type of grass you have.

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 There are several warm-season and cool-season turfs that are used for residential lawns. Both warm-season and cool-season grasses benefit from specific actions in the fall to prepare them for winter. With a some light research and planning, you can prepare your turf for the winter and nearly guarantee a beautiful Spring lawn.

Plan Ahead

If you’re interested in doing more intensive and expensive home improvements this Autumn, consider utilizing a MAX Home Equity Line of Credit. Borrowing against your home's equity is an easy way to use the investment you've already made to access funds for large expenses, things like renovations and repairs. Whether you're repairing your home's roof or renovating your master bathroom, MAX provides Home Equity Lines of Credit to help you finance your needs.