Fall Home Maintenance: Get Your Home Ready for Autumn
Get ready for the turn of the season with these home maintenance tips for fall.
Driveway and porchTake some time to repair any cracks that may have appeared in your walkways, steps, and driveway. Filling in these gaps and cracks will help prevent additional damage over the fall from rain and harsh weather.
Walls and exterior finishesLook out for peeling paint and cracks in the exterior — these are common signs of water damage. Repairing any flaws by repainting, caulking, and sealing cracks will help prevent further damage, and help retain heat in your home.
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Roof and gutters
It’s a good idea to have a professional inspect your roof for missing or loose shingles — you’ll want to make sure it’s up to par and ready for the season ahead.
It’s also important to take a look at your gutters and downspouts, and replace any old or damaged parts. Be sure to clear out any debris that may block the flow of water away from your home — congested gutters can cause water to overflow onto the ground, possibly leading to water damage for your home.
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Check to make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly. The turn of the season is a great reminder to replace old batteries, test its functionality, and give it a quick clean.
Preventative maintenance is key, but some mishaps aren’t avoidable. Be prepared for the unexpected with a home insurance policy from Onlia that covers your bases.