Discover This Fall Organization List for Your Home
As a homeowner, your number one priority is most likely getting your home in tip-top shape and that means drilling down the details to get organized. Not only will checking all of these to-dos off your home maintenance list make you feel more accomplished, but it will also simplify and improve the quality of your life while at home.
With winter delivering cooler temperatures that can present different challenges for your home, you are well advised to get busy with a few specific tasks geared towards preventative maintenance. Here are some must-haves on your fall organization list for your home.
Wash & Insulate your Windows
When the winter wind is whirling outside, you’ll be glad to have airtight seals around your windows keeping the warm air in and the cold air out. This fall, inspect caulking around your windows and make repairs where you identify cracks or leaks.
Also, check your windows for signs of damage or cracking. You won’t want to leave those over the winter. Most likely your windows could use a good washing after the summer breezes blew dirt and dust all over them. Fill a spray bottle with window cleaner and wash them inside and out with a microfiber cloth.
Vacuum the Rugs
Sure, you probably clean your rugs on a regular basis, but we mean vacuum out those rugs this fall. For area rugs, dry cleaning is an option. It’s also an excellent opportunity to get your carpets steam cleaned. Make sure to treat any stains at the same time. Vacuum the upholstery on your couch and fabric chairs. While you’ve got the vacuum out, tend to the window coverings and drapery too.
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Evaluate any Wooden Floors
Inspect wooden floors for signs of wear, water damage, cracks or chips. You’ll want to tend to these before winter. When the heat comes on, the humidity will decrease in your house, which can make the existing damage worse. You may need to call in professional help, depending on how inclined towards DIY you are. There are a few things that you can tend to quickly on your own, like nailing down loose boards and filling in scratches with wood filler pen.
Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
You should have a working smoke detector on every floor, with at least a couple of carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home, depending on how big it is. Run your detector through a test cycle to make sure that they are in good working condition. Put in fresh batteries.
Also take a few minutes this fall to vacuum and dust around your detectors. Dust can accumulate in and around your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and hamper their ability to function well.
In addition to these items, does your fall maintenance list include plumbing repairs or a furnace tune-up? Our trained staff at Green Horizon in Durham, NC is standing by to help get your home ready for winter. Call us today at (919) 323-8705.