It’s back to school time and my house is so QUIET! School started today for my children and if you are like me, that means it is time to address home projects that were put off during the summer. This is a great time of year to make sure your house is safe and running as efficiently as possible. Here is a Fall homeowner checklist:
1. Chemicals: Go through your stash of cleaners and chemicals and make sure they are all still good. If you have younger children, place them all in a locked cabinet. If you keep all your cleaners under your kitchen sink as I do, this is a great time to pull them all out and check for any water leaks. Believe me, this saved me a few years ago. My sink had a slow leak and I had no idea until I pulled everything out to clean the cabinet.
2. Smoke alarms: Check all smoke alarms and change the batteries.
3. FIre Extinguishers: Keep a dry-chemical fire extinguisher on each level of your home. I also keep one in the garage. If you already have one you need to check the charge at least annually.
4. Carbon Monoxide Detectors: These should be installed near bedrooms and by your furnace. They are inexpensive and run on batteries, which you should also check at least annually.
5. Dryer Vent: Your dryer vent hose and outside vent should be cleaned to avoid fires, at least once a year.
6. Furnace: Should be serviced annually to avoid maintenance issues.
7. Rain Gutters: Fall is a great time to make sure all your gutters are clear of debris and free of leaks that could direct water down the sides of your home.
8. Sprinklers: After a hot summer it is important to make sure your sprinklers are operating correctly. Not only does this help with your water bill, but also helps the environment. Sprinkler heads are easily broken by car wheels, dogs, lawnmowers, etc. Also make sure to scale back your watering time on your automatic sprinklers once the heat subsides.
9. Closet cleaning: Usually known as â€šÃ„ÃºSpring cleaning,â€šÃ„Ã¹ I like to go through my closets at this time of year as well. You can make it a fun project and get the whole family involved. I have my kids put clothes that no longer fit them into boxes, and then we drop it off at a charitable center. It makes them feel they are helping others.
10. Air/Heating Filters: After the summer heat subsides you need to clean or replace your air/heating filtersâ€šÃ„Â¶before the colder weather sets in and you need to use your heater. This keeps your units running efficiently and prevents danger.
I hope this list helps you in getting organized and ready for cooler days. If you have any questions about other things you may want to check to keep your home in tip-top shape before selling, please feel free to give me a call.