Are you aware of what is going on around you right now? Stop for a moment and soak it all up.

The days are slowly getting shorter, the temperatures have been dropping and there is a subtle crispness in the air. That’s right, fall will soon be upon us, are you prepared?

If you have been a long-time renter, you take fall in stride because there is really nothing you need to do. But if you are a homeowner, you know there are plenty of tasks to complete before winter sets in. If you are a rookie homeowner, you might not know about the tasks that need to be done.

So William Raveis Real Estate, your real estate agency serving Bath, offers fall maintenance tips for your home.

Rake and Prune

The leaves on the trees in your yard will fall off all on their own. However, they aren’t going to rake themselves into a neat pile, that is on you.

Fall pruning is all about chopping back trees and removing dead sections. You might hate the task, but come spring, you will be glad you got it out of the way.

Furnace and Fireplace

When that cold front moves through the area and drops the temperatures into single digits, you are not going to want to discover that your furnace is broken. It is important that you call an HVAC service and have your furnace checked out so you don’t have to deal with any surprises this winter.

While you are at it, you should have your fireplace serviced and cleaned as well.

Clean the Gutters

With the changing seasons come heavy rainstorms and falling leaves. The falling leaves land in your gutters and the heavy rainstorms could flood your house if the gutters are clogged.

And since you have the ladder out and you are on the roof anyway, you may as well check the roof for any damage. Be on the lookout for shingles that are torn or missing and have them replaced.

Caulk It Up

Take a walk around your home and check for airtightness. Take a look at cracks and around doors and windows for sources of air leaks. Air leaks lead to energy loss and money down the drain.

An inexpensive tube of caulk is all you need to resolve the problem.

Change the Batteries

You should check all of your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors at least twice a year. And every year you should be either replacing the batteries or replacing the units. The lifespan of these types of devices is around 10 years.

Patio Furniture

You have to do something with your patio furniture or the winter weather will take a toll on it. It is up to you whether you want to just cover it or store it for the season.

Before you do anything with it, it is a good idea to clean the furniture before storing it for the winter.

Clean the Grill

Now is the time to clean your grill before covering it up or storing it away for the winter. Make sure you disconnect the propane tank first.

Protect Pipes

Make sure you wrap up any exposed water pipes. We can tell you from experience that frozen pipes are not fun to deal with in the dead of winter.

Seal the Driveway

In the winter, moisture seeps into cracks in your driveway and freezes. You then wind up with bigger cracks that you now have to deal with. You can prevent this by sealing those cracks in your driveway in the fall.

If you are tired of renting and ready to buy, contact William Raveis Real Estate.