A Hudson Valley Homeowners Check List of Fall Tips
Getting your home ready for fall can be a bit of a chore. It is an important part of owning a home that requires little effort for the most part compared to the damage that can result from delaying or ignoring these tasks. The Summer is over and the weather has been absolutely beautiful. The temperature has been dipping down at night, but our days are still hitting the 80 degree mark. I love the transition and with it all the fun that comes with living in the Hudson Valley. Fall is a fabulous time for apple picking and leaf peeping. We are a long way off from snow, but winter is on the minds of all of us that live in the Hudson Valley.
While anyone that owns a home knows that there is work to be done, many new homeowners are wondering what chores are in store to get their home ready for winter. Make time in between a hayride on the farm and the local art and wine festivals to get your home ready for the cold weather and snow. Use this check list and you should be good to go.
- Clogged gutters are a huge reason for flooded basements. Leaves fall from the trees until late November. Once the leaves are down, plan to make sure that cleaning the gutters and downspouts happens close to the time that the trees are completely bare. One giant oak tree can fill up the gutters in a flash and cause major problems during the winter months. Timing is important as once water freezes with the gutters full, they can be hard to clean out.
- Shut off Outdoor Faucets
- Older homes require the shut off of outside faucets to be turned off from inside and water bled off. While newer homes don’t require that, they do require for all hoses to be disconnected from the house.
- Take the time to get the water out of your hoses, so that they can be used again next spring. Water freezes and can damage the rubber if left behind.
- Swimming Pool Care
- Close up the swimming pool. A truly sad part of the season, in my opinion, all good things must come to an end. Proper closing ensures that springtime will reveal a clean and easy to set up pool next spring.
- Heating System Check List
- In the Hudson Valley we heat in a few different ways. Propane, Natural Gas, Oil and Wood-burning Stoves. Make sure to know what you have and the proper way to maintain it. Many homes have more than one method that need attention. The heating system and the chimney need annual attention.
- Have your wood-burning fireplace inspected, and cleaned annually. Fireplace Safety can prevent fires.
- Wrap water pipes that run along exterior walls with heating tape should all be insulated.
- Make sure to clean and replace filters in the heating system before you need to turn it on this season.
- Proper servicing and inspections can prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
- If you use a hot water system for heating have a professional do the maintenance.
- Doors and Windows
- Replace or change storm windows from screens if needed. Some newer window don’t require removal, but do require that the storm windows are lowered to keep out the cold and keep in the warm air. Energy savings that are a simple thing to do.
- Landscaping Needs
- Put away the lawn mower. Store it properly inside and make sure it is clean. You will be happy in spring when it starts up easily after the long winter sleep. Properly deal with any gas that is left over from the mower. Remember it is flammable.
- Rake your lawn and dispose of all those fallen leaves. They don’t disappear on their own. If left til spring the lawn underneath will most likely be dead. Too much insulation for the grass to sprout up again.
- Properly fertilizing the lawn with organic products and leaf removal will see your lawn turn back to its beautiful green color in May.
- Hire a professional when it comes to trimming trees. Seems easy to do, but a fall from an oak or maple can be quite a hard landing. Get the dead branches out of the tree to prevent damage during a heavy snow during the winter months.
- Check Your Carbon Monoxide & Smoke Detectors
- Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors save lives. This fall the reminder to check for batteries and a working detector comes when we set our clocks back one hour for daylight savings time. Each fall, check carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms and put in fresh batteries. Don’t assume they are good to go. Twice a year at the minimum to ensure that they are working.
- Decorate Your Home for the Fall
- While decorating a home is not requirement for safety, it is a favorite for many homeowners. Seasons change and so does the ambiance of your home in the Hudson Valley. Many different ideas can promote a sense of calm and enjoyment. Obviously not something required, it does promote a better quality of life. After all, isn’t that why we love owning a home? Relax and enjoy!
- Staging a home for the Autumn is a smart choice if you are selling your home. Complementing the home with seasonal decorations is about making a potential buyer feel welcome. You want them to picture themselves living in their new home. Ask a local stager to help with what works best.
- Sip Some Hot Cocoa
- When all the tasks are complete be sure to sit back, relax, put up your feet knowing that you are ready for winter. What could be better?
Resources for Home Care in the Hudson Valley:
- Chimney Sweep Info (317) 837-5362
- Central Hudson Energy Saving Tips (800) 527-2714
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention – CDC info (800-232-4636)
- Town of Newburgh NY Fire Department Contact Info (845)564-1100
Learn more about properties available in the Hudson Valley. Search now for homes listed in the MLS that are available for sale.
published by: Janis Borgueta Key Properties of the Hudson Valley in Newburgh NY. Her blog is about living, working and Real Estate in The Hudson Valley. Information here is a community service to the public. Please subscribe to this blog. When you are looking to buy a new home, Search the MLS for New Homes in Newburgh NY. You can contact Janis at (845)-527-7115 or find her on Google+