When the weather changes to fall it is the perfect time to clean your home both inside and out. There are several easy tasks you can see that will set your home up for the colder weather that is to come, help prevent damage that wet and cold weather brings with them, and spruce up your property.
These are the top five cleaning tips for the fall that every homeowner should add to their checklist.
Wash Your Windows
Washing all the windows in your home is an easy task to do and will make such a difference in the fall. During the summer months, windows get plastered with dirt and debris, pollen from plants and trees, and insects that become trapped around the frames. Clean windows quickly spruce up the appearance of your home from the outside, and the level of light that is able to enter from the inside is improved.
Clean Your Carpets
During the fall and winter, we tend to spend more time indoors so you want to do everything possible to improve the quality of air inside your home. Carpets tend to get overlooked when we work through our fall to-do lists, but this is a great time of year to have them professionally cleaned. Dirt, pollen, and other allergens tend to cling to carpet and with more foot traffic during the summer months, combined with less fresh air, air quality can decrease if you skip carpet cleaning.
Clear Yard Waste and Debris
Yard waste and debris add up around the yard during the summer months and are best removed at the end of the season. This includes clearing out gutters that have become filled with debris. Rake up dead leaves, flowers, and any tree limbs that have weakened or fallen over the summer. The cleanup will add to the curb appeal of your home and prevent damage or bug and rodent infestations.
Prep Your Yard for Winter
The crisp fall weather is the best time to do a lot of landscaping chores and prep your lawn and garden for winter. Prune and trim trees, and plant any new trees or bulbs for spring. Fertilize your yard and any plants that will stay in the ground over winter. Winterize lawn ornaments and garden plants that need protection from the cold.
Make Notes of Necessary Repairs and Damage
As you go through your fall cleaning around your home and yard take notes on any damage or necessary repairs you see. These can be things that can be taken care of immediately, or repairs that will need some time and preparation to handle in the future.