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Fall Home Maintenance Musts

A close-up of a person cleaning roof gutters

Autumn is here. There are likely a good many fall activities on your to-do list: visiting the pumpkin patch, taking a scenic hayride, maybe even tackling a corn maze or taking a ride in a hot-air balloon. Before you get lost in all the excitement that fall has to offer, though, you should make sure you block out some time to tangle with those more mundane "to-dos" as well. Fall maintenance is an essential part of keeping house, and it doesn't much matter whether you're situated by the beach in Santa Monica or the apartments in Canoga Park—you'll have to put in some effort to make sure your place is in tip-top shape. Here are a few things you'll want to plan for.

Make Sure Your Home Stays Nice For The Fall

Your specific maintenance goals, of course, will vary based upon the type of dwelling you're staying in. You won't need to clean any gutters or downspouts if you're in an apartment, and you probably won't need to get out and check the condition of the roof either. We'll divvy the list up into common indoor and outdoor tasks, though, and you'll be able to assess which are applicable to you and which aren't.

Outdoor Maintenance Tips

Outdoor maintenance is focused on making sure the elements aren't going to have undue access to the interior of your home, and ensuring your equipment is safe and secured. You can start by checking your roof and exterior home surfaces for damage. Signs like buckling shingles and paneling, cracks, rust, etc. could signal a problem with your home exterior that needs to be addressed.

If you've got gutters and drainage outside your home, you'll want to make sure that it's free and clear with no debris. A gutter cleaning might be in order if you've got an excess amount of gunk in there. Any exterior pipes and hoses should be cleared of water and you should remove any hoses from faucets, along with turning off shut-off valves on exterior water supply lines to make sure they don't freeze and crack when the temperatures drop.

If you've got any equipment or vehicles that spend time in the outdoors, now is the tie to stow it. Your lawnmower would be a prime example, as would a motorcycle. Get them serviced, then prepped for the colder temperatures and store them in the garage (if you've got one).

Speaking of which, now's as good a time as any to get to organizing the garage or any outdoor sheds you might have. You might have used these areas to haphazardly store accumulated items during the summer, but it's a good idea to move things into a more orderly fashion so that you can better access your fall and winter essentials more easily.

Indoor Maintenance Tips

Indoors, one of your biggest tasks will be cleaning up. Real Simple has an exhaustive list of the items that will need attention, which includes your windows, walls, furniture, kitchen surfaces, and the like. Beyond simply cleaning, though, you can perform some maintenance tasks that will make sure that you won't just be tidy and comfy come fall, but safe as well.

Address indoor safety items, like your smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, etc. Replace the batteries in your smoke and CO detectors, clean them, and make sure they are functioning as intended by running a test (most detectors come with a test button you can use). If you don't already have a fire extinguisher, invest in one. If you do, make sure it's ready to work. Check the pressure gauge, make sure the extinguisher is charged, keep the discharge nozzle clear from clogs, clean it up, and make sure the lock is firmly in place. If your extinguisher seems damaged or has exceeded its lifespan (usually about six years), make sure to replace it.

We touched on cleaning above as a way to make your home look nice for the Fall, but it's also a key component in making your home safer. A messy home can be a hazard if you're trying to escape it, so take time to organize your dwelling and make sure it's easy to move around within. Make sure nothing is blocking your fire escapes, windows, or emergency exits. You'll also want to remove hazards like stacks of flammable material, chemical containers (like household cleaners), etc.

Since Fall is here, you'll want to prepare for the colder temperatures. You can start with getting your furnace checked, if you have one. A professional can asses how well your unit is heating, whether it's doing its job safely, and change the filter if need be. If the furnace isn't your responsibility, you can still prep with a programmable thermostat. You can use that to keep your heat on a schedule (higher when you're at home and awake; lower when you're away or asleep). This will help you stay warm while simultaneously managing that heating bill. As a cherry on top of your plans to stay warm, consider investing in some winter blankets or quilts. When the temperatures drop, you'll want one of these to wrap yourself up in to conserve heat.

Lastly, you'll want to take the beginning of Fall as a time to get the family together and review any emergency plans you might have in place at home. What will you do in case of fire, or severe weather, or some other crisis scenario. Staying prepared and reviewing what to do will keep you and yours confident heading into the new season.

Get Ready For Fall The Right Way At The Apartments In Canoga Park

There's no better place to enjoy the serene days of Autumn than the Alder. Located in beautiful Northridge, this pristine rental community is right near all the entertainment, shopping, dining, and other hotspots you'll want to check out. The building is beautiful, and the spacious floorplans on the interior match the stunning exterior in their welcoming looks. Combined with the stellar building and residence amenities, Alder is the exemplar of apartment living done right. Come see how we do things different in Northridge.