September Home Check List
We’re having a hard time believing that summer is over and that we need to start thinking about colder weather and the leaves falling. We put together a check list of some things you can do before October hits to transition your home from summer to fall.
1) Tune up your heating system. It’s smart to have a technician inspect your furnace or heat pump to be sure the system is clean and in good repair so that it can achieve its manufacturer-rated efficiency. The inspection often also measures carbon-monoxide leakage, too. This way, you can minimize the chance of being 200th in line for repairs on the coldest day of the year.
2) Lawn/landscaping: The first half of September (now) is prime lawn time! Take advantage of the season to ensure a strong, tough lawn in the future
- Start with core aeration and detaching, leaving about 1/2 of thatch to decompose
- If you’re planting seed, or if your lawn is thin or weedy, sow seed. Let the new shoots grow through 2-3 mowings before applying regular-strength fertilizer or a “weed and feed” product.
- Fertilize with a 3-1-2 fertilizer to encourage top growth and winter hardiness.
- Clear the area at least 1 foot away from exterior walls and rake gunk out of corners and away from the foundation.
- Cut back tree limbs growing within about 5 feet of the house.
3) Cleanup and Maintenance
- Clear out new planting beds and apply compost (or leaves and grass clippings) to be ready for spring planting.
- Attack those weeds! Commerical herbicides are particularly effective this time of year, as weeds are storing up nutrients in their roots and quickly absorb the herbicide where it counts.
- Label your perennials and bulbs before they die back to the ground
4) Hit the roof, or at least scan it. Look for damaged, loose or missing shingles that may leak during winter’s storms or from melting snow. If need be, hire a handyman to repair a few shingles or a roofer for a larger section. Check and repair breaks in the flossing seals around vent stacks and chimneys, too.
5) Clean the gutters. If your gutters are full of debris, water can back up against the house and damage roofing, siding and wood trim, plus cause leaks and ice dams. Also look for missing or damaged components that need repair.
6) Turn off exterior faucets. Undrained water that freezes in pipes will expand and can burst. Start by disconnecting all garden hoses and draining water still in faucets. If you don’t have frost proof faucets (homes built before 10-12 years ago typically do not), turn off the shut-off valve inside your home.
These are just a few things that you should be doing to prepare for the colder weather ahead. The official first day of fall is coming up soon, so don’t put these off too long!
Sources: http://www.kiplinger.com/article/real-estate/T029-C000-S001-your-fall-home-maintenance-to-do-list.html, http://www.todayshomeowner.com/september-lawn-garden-to-do-list/