4 Fall House Maintenance Chores Every Homeowner NEEDS to Do: Indoors (Part 2/2)

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4 Fall House Maintenance Chores Every Homeowner NEEDS to Do: Indoors (Part 2/2)

 

Everyone knows you’re supposed to give your house a deep “spring clean” every year. But did you know that there are some fall house maintenance chores you should attend to each year to prepare your home for the cooler weather?

Fall is an excellent time to perform some home maintenance chores to keep your house in tip-top shape and prepare it for cooler weather and the holidays. This is especially important if you will be hosting family gatherings

There are both outdoor and indoor maintenance every homeowner should attend to each fall. In a previous article, we discussed the outdoor fall house maintenance chores you should check off your list yearly. In this article, we will discuss four indoor fall house maintenance chores that every homeowner should attend to each year.

  1. Check your home for drafts
  2. Change out air filters
  3. Change your batteries
  4. Decorate!

1. Check your home for drafts

There are a few carefree weeks in the year when the weather is gorgeous enough to open the windows and turn off your central heating/cooling system. However, in the surrounding extreme temperatures of Texas summers and winters, we heavily rely on our central systems to maintain comfort in our homes. Unfortunately, this means energy bills are significantly higher in those months. However, if you haven’t checked for drafts in your home, you may be spending more than you have to. 

Drafts in your home cause air to escape and makes your central heating/cooling system work harder than it needs to. This also causes your energy bills to be higher than they need to be as well. To prevent this, check your house for drafts each year as part of your fall house maintenance checklist. Address any issues that might cause excess heat to escape your home in the coming winter. As an added preventative measure, consider updating the energy-efficient features of your home, such as installing energy-efficient windows

2. Change out air filters

Another way to care for your HVAC system in your home is to make sure you change out your air filters. Overly clogged air filters can also cause your HVAC system to work extra hard, increasing your energy bills. You should change your air filters multiple times throughout the year. However, make sure to change your filters as part of your fall house maintenance checklist. This will ensure your HVAC system is ready for the upcoming colder weather and demand for heat.

3. Change your batteries

Something that you likely never think of unless there’s a problem is your smoke detector maintenance. Unless your oven is smoking from an overcooked turkey causing your smoke detector to alarm, you might even forget you have a smoke detector! 

However, to keep your home safe, you should attend to your smoke detector at least once a year. Check to make sure the smoke detectors in your home are all up to date and have fresh batteries. Adding this chore to your fall house maintenance is perfect timing. This ensures your smoke detectors are ready for any mishaps that might occur from increased cooking during the holidays, fires in your fireplace, and the extra use of candles. Check out this short video on how to change a smoke detector battery:

4. Decorate!

Lastly, the most enjoyable part of your fall house maintenance is to decorate! Decorating your home for the upcoming holidays ensures your home is festive, warm, and welcoming for all of your holiday gatherings. Make sure your house feels homey and ready to create valuable memories with your family and friends in the holiday season.

 

Keeping up with your fall house maintenance each year makes sure your house is in tip-top shape when you are ready to sell. Are you considering selling your home soon? Give Ruth Stultz a call to see how she can help! Ruth Stultz is a highly experienced realtor who understands Lake Conroe and Montgomery County better than anyone. When it comes to selling your current home or finding the perfect property with everything you want, Ruth knows exactly where to look. You can trust Ruth Stultz with buying and selling your home.

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Ruth Stultz
Ruth Stultz
Ruth has been helping clients buy and sell homes in Montgomery County for over 30 years. She's seen and handled everything you can think of in the real estate world.

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