Though winter in the Bay Area is famously mild compared to other parts of the country, there are still things you’ll want to check off your to-do list this fall to make sure your home is ready for the season.
Service your furnace and water heater. It’s never fun to hit that first cold day and suddenly discover there's a problem with your heater or water heater. Not only can a poorly-maintained furnace or water heater be a fire hazard, but it might keep you from enjoying that cozy wintertime feel when it’s chilly outdoors but toasty inside. Make sure to check and service your furnace and water heater in the fall to avoid any trouble when winter weather rolls in.
Clean your chimney. If you have a fireplace, it has most likely gone unused since last winter. Just like your furnace, the fireplace and chimney need regular cleaning in order to work properly and safely. You can clean your chimney yourself, or hire someone to do it for you, then enjoy curling up in front of a cozy blaze this winter!
Check your safety devices. Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, replace batteries when needed and make sure your fire extinguishers are still current. Regular maintenance of safety devices ensures a safe and happy winter for you and your family.
Weatherproof your doors and windows. Warm summer weather can take a toll on window and door seals. If your home feels drafty even when the doors and windows are closed, it might be time to add or replace the weatherstripping. This type of maintenance is especially important in older homes. If you have an attic, double-check that your attic floor is well-sealed since this is where many homes often lose the most heat.
Clean your gutters. By the time fall rolls around, chances are your gutters might be in need of some attention. Gutter maintenance is even more important before the rainy season hits Silicon Valley and they’ll be needed most.
Winterize your garden. Fall is the perfect time to make sure your yard or garden is ready for the winter season. Many plants and trees become dormant as the weather cools down, so use this time to trim them back and they will look that much more beautiful come spring. Protect your landscaping from the cold by mulching around trees, shrubs and garden beds.
Check your roof and foundation. Make sure to inspect the roof, foundation, and exterior of your home prior to the rainy season. Wet, cold weather can aggravate any pre-existing cracks in your roof, driveway or foundation. Holes or weaknesses in the exterior of a home can also give pests a way in.
Fall home maintenance is an important part of caring for your home. Enlisting the help of a professional will ensure your safety and a job well done. I have a list of amazing local vendors I can recommend. Don’t hesitate to reach out!