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Fall is officially under way and that means just one thing – A fully packed schedule with one thing after another for the next 3 months. For those people who have never owned a home, it may surprise you to know that spring isn’t the only season that goes hand-in-hand with “cleaning”.

In fact fall cleaning is just as important as spring cleaning, maybe even more so. The holidays are fast approaching and you’ll likely have guests (planned and surprises), more “stuff” than you thought was possible, and schedules that will not allow for a moment of spare time until after the new year.

Another thing that non-homeowners may not know is that fall and spring cleaning aren’t strictly about “cleaning”. There are literally dozens of little home maintenance things that have to be done during these times of year. From weather stripping to battery changes, a home requires a lot of attention and if it doesn’t get it, the cost can be quite high.

Below you’ll find a short list of tips for preparing your Orange County home this fall for the winter months. Kick back with a cup of coffee (or tea if you prefer), put your feet up and read through them. Relax while you can and enjoy the peace and quiet. My sane self will see you again in January!  ;)

  • Have your heating systems inspected by a qualified service professional, including lubrication and cleaning, replacing filters, a check of belts and thermostats, and having vents cleared of obstructions, as necessary.
  • Caulking and new weather stripping around windows and other openings can stop the cold air invasion dead in its tracks. You’ll be warmer and the lower utility bills will give you warm fuzzies!
  • If you use portable electric heater do a full check now to be sure everything is in working order. It is most likely that you’ve had it packed away for the sunny, warm summer and you don’t want to find out on the first cold night of the year that it doesn’t work!
  • I know you’ve heard it a thousand times, but I’m going to say it again. Change out the smoke alarm batteries! Now’s the time to just go through and change all of them, even if they seem to be fine. This is not a place to save a few pennies. It’s one of those better safe than sorry times!
  • If you don’t have them, install a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm near bedrooms and on each floor of your home. Know the symptoms of CO poisoning: headache, fatigue, dizziness, and shortness of breath. If you do have them – just like the smoke alarms, change the batteries!
  • Have your fireplace chimney and flue inspected and cleaned if needed before you build the first cozy fire of the season.
  • Check window and door locks. We often take for granted that locks we checked at the beginning of summer are still working. Most of us are a/c fiends and haven’t had a window open all summer. Check now to be sure they are all operating properly.
  • Check around the vents, skylights and chimneys for any roof leaks.
  • Last but not least, plan extra time for each of these tasks. Then, when you find a bit of free time on your hands, relax and enjoy the quiet of your house before the holiday crazies start!

Have something to add to the checklist? Post it in the comments below. We’re always happy to read your input and ideas! And, if you’ve got a home remodeling project you’ve been putting off, now is the time to get it on your list! Contact Us today to schedule a consultation.