Since fall is around the corner and you’ll most likely be spending more time indoors, get the exterior of your house prepared and cleaned up before settling inside.
- Check the caulk and weather stripping around windows and doors. Keep the cold winter air outside.
- Clean your gutters and maybe install leaf guards before they have a chance to get clogged.
- If you have shutters that open and close, that you actually use, check the hinges to make sure they are secure and well lubricated/not rusted.
- Clean and store or cover your patio furniture if you won’t be using it. In snowy areas, it’ll last longer if you protect it. Warmer climates: keep it handy for nights you want to sit around the fire pit.
- If you get freezing weather, drain and store your garden hoses. Weatherize your faucets.
- Drain or weatherize/cover the pool.
- Change the light bulbs on the exterior of your house with some long-lasting bulbs. Don’t get stuck in the dark. There are only a few things worse than having to change an outside light bulb in freezing temperatures.
- Call a chimney sweep if you haven’t had your chimney cleaned out in several years. Put a cap on the top to keep out Chimney Swifts. I had them nest in a chimney in a house I once rented. They can be noisy and messy.
- Paint your doors. Weatherize them with a fresh coat of paint or stain and sealant for the winter.
- If your house is on natural gas heat and has a gas fireplace, now is the time to check your meter. Stand nearby and check for a rotten
egg smell. Even a faint smell could indicate a leak. Call your gas company immediately to have it checked and repaired so you’ll be safe through the winter months. I was told the seals and bolts and gauges on the meter should be replaced every 5 or so years so if your meter is about that old, check on it. These days, gas meters are read from a device in a vehicle that drives by your house, so checking on that smell is up to you, the homeowner.
- And, right now, when it seems the spiders are making webs everywhere, get a broom and sweep under your eaves if you can reach them.
Keep those creepy orb spiders and others away from your exterior flood lights by being diligent about keeping the area swept. Some people use a spray mixture of peppermint essential oil and water to keep spiders at bay…they apparently don’t like the smell. I’m trying it for the first time this year and so far it works at my house.