We’re now into October and before we know it, Halloween will have come and gone, the temperatures will be dropping, and we’ll be in a holiday state of mind. But that doesn’t mean your DC Metro home can easily transition from one season to the next without any maintenance! As your local real estate experts, we have included five tasks to check off of your list before the end of autumn.
Check driveway and paths for cracks
Summer can take a toll on your home’s exterior, including the driveway and pathways surrounding the property. Take a close look to inspect for cracks and be sure to repair them before winter arrives. If you don’t, water could seep in and freeze and the cracks can become even larger.
Inspect around windows and doorways for any gaps that could possibly let air escape out of your DC, Maryland, or Northern Virginia home this fall. You’ll also want to check for gaps or holes in your foundation or under decks and porches that could prompt critters to take up residence where you don’t want them to!
This time of year, storms can bring all kinds of debris to your yard and especially your gutters, so be sure clean them out to allow room for the leaves that will arrive this fall. If you fail to complete this home task, the poor drainage could wreak havoc on your roof and siding— or worse, the inside of your home.
Replace furnace filters
Ask yourself how long it’s been since you changed your furnace filter. It is always wise to replace the filter every few months, but it’s even more important to do so before you begin running the HVAC system often in the fall. If you haven’t had your HVAC inspected yet this year, now is the time to do so before the busy season arrives and a professional is not able to get to you!
Store outdoor furniture and tools
We can always have warm weather well into November, so simply keep an eye on the dropping temperatures to determine the best time to clean and store your outdoor furniture and garden tools for the season. If you don’t own one, consider buying a cover for your outdoor furniture to shield it from the elements.