Autumn is here which means cooler months are up ahead. Take advantage of the good weather to take time for house repairs and maintenance.  Here are some autumn maintenance ideas to keep your home in great condition for autumn and, at the same time, in preparation for winter:

Seal your home

Check foundation for cracks on your walls and, where pipes or wires enter the house, and around the windows and door frames to prevent heat from escaping. Sealing those small openings with body filler and sealant is one of the most inexpensive maintenance tweaks for your home.

Give your home a proper coat

Inspect your walls thoroughly for peeling paint. If blistering paint is covering your whole house, maybe it’s time to repaint. Peeling of the paint is sign that the existing coating can no longer protect the wall and moulding of your exterior. The walls will eventually deteriorate when exposed to weather conditions, and this may lead to more expensive repair. Maintaining the coating of your home will save you money in the long run.

Reinforce roof

Autumn and winter will give a heavy load of fallen leaves. Look for rusts and cracks on your roof especially the gutters. Make sure you reinforce your roof by replacing broken shingles and sealing the leaks. Also see to it that your gutter can support a heavy weight of leaves and snow.

Keep your home warm

Have your heating system inspected to make sure that it will work efficiently. Clean your humidifiers to prevent bacteria to develop in a dirty water tank resulting in unclean moisture misting out into your room. And to have a more efficient heating, you may change the direction of your ceiling fan to counterclockwise. This will create an upward draft to redistribute warm air from the ceiling.

Illuminate your home

The cool seasons bring less light. Replace broken light bulbs and add lighting into strategic parts of your home to make sure that every corner is well lit. Rearrange your furniture in a way that more sunlight pass through your windows and finish by installing translucent curtains to maximise the amount of light that enters your home.