With the feel of fall in the air, it’s time to think about getting your home ready for cooler weather.  Much of the routine maintenance that needs to be done this time of year will not only help keep you cozy this winter, it will also help to save money on your heating bills and protect your biggest investment – your home.

While most of these routine maintenance tasks are fairly simple, make sure they are completed before the cold weather arrives to prevent damage to both your home and your wallet.

Seal Up Cracks And Gaps: 

If you added up all the small cracks, gaps and holes around the outside of the average home, it would equal the area of an open window!  To reduce the loss of heat, carefully inspect the perimeter of your home and caulk or weather strip where needed.  Both caulking and weather stripping can reduce the flow of cold air in and warm are out – lowering your energy costs substantially.

Inspect Your Roof: 

Check your roof for signs of minor damage such as missing, broken, cracked or curling shingles, as well as bare spots where granular coating has worn off.  Be sure to make the necessary minor repairs now to prevent further damage.  When moisture is able to seep up under loose or damages shingles, far more extensive damage can occur.  For extensive repairs, consider having a professional perform the work.  However, if you are fairly handy and are comfortable climbing a ladder, you should be able to take care of most minor repairs.

Clean And Repair Gutters:

Dirty, clogged gutters can cause a myraid of problems during the winter months, including flooded basements and damage to your foundation and landscaping.  To clean, simply remove all debris so that water can properly drain and consider installing gutters guards to prevent additional debris from building up.

Fertilize Your Lawn: 

Fall is a great time to fertilize your lawn as it provides grass with the nutrients required for the winter when the top layer of grass is dormant but the root systems continue to grow.  During this period, roots easily absorb and store the nutrients a good fertilizer will provide and fall fertilizing will also help your lawn “green up” faster in early spring.