It seems like it was just last week I was giving tips on how to organize a garage in preparation for summer. Fast-forward three months later and summer is almost over. While I’m excited about the start of football season and Major League Baseball playoffs (if the Tigers make it), I cringe when I think about having to trade in shorts for jeans and t-shirts for sweatshirts.
However, that’s part of living in Michigan. Just as there are certain steps to take around the house to get ready for summer, there are also steps that need to be taken to transition from summer to fall.
If you’re like me and love the warm weather, don’t worry. There is still plenty of time to enjoy the great outdoors, although with Labor Day quickly approaching, now is a good time to start thinking about your fall cleanup.
Follow the steps below and you can make the summer to fall transition a smooth one:
- It’s time to clean and put away the outdoor items that make summertime so great. I’m talking about patio furniture, water guns and other children’s toys that helped everyone cool off on hot summer days including the golf clubs and grill. Most of these items are dependent on warm weather, meaning it’s time for them to be stored away until next year.
- Check the caulk around windows and doors to ensure all gaps are filled. While this is sometimes overlooked, caulking is a good way to help lower the cost of energy bills.
- Have chimneys inspected and cleaned if necessary.
- Make sure all doors close tightly. It may be a good idea to install weather-stripping and door thresholds, if necessary.
- Drain/close the pool.
- Don’t wait until it’s too late to have your furnace inspected. Have a professional come out and make sure it’s good to go for the first cold night of the year.
- Purchase a full supply of furnace filters and be sure to change filters monthly to help save on energy costs.
- Cover up your air conditioner unit to protect it from ice and snow.
- Drain and store garden hoses, while also having sprinkler systems blown free of water.
- Do you like bugs and mice? If not, check your house for rotted, cracked or damaged wood.
- Check attic insulation and add more if necessary.
- Have an energy audit done, which will tip you off to areas where heat is escaping your home and costing you money.
- Wash all windows using glass cleaner or dishwashing liquid in a spray bottle filled with water.
- Have carpets professionally cleaned if necessary.
- Test out smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Clean the gutters. Clogged gutters can cause water to leak through your roof.
You’re probably thinking that it’s a lot of work to get your house ready for the fall and winter. While there is a lot that needs to be done, who ever said it all has to get done in the same weekend? Spread it out over an extended period of time and decrease the work load.
What steps do you take during your fall clean up? What steps should be included to the list? Let us know in the comments section below!