Let’s just say I’m not the best at maintenance of any kind. Give me a project, I’m all in. But regular maintenance is a drudgery for me. So this post is not centered on every possible thing that Joe Handyman would do around the house before winter. This list is the few things that we do to survive! Lol! I just wanted to make a list for my new homeowners, to get you started in the groove of your yearly maintenance.
New Homeowner Fall Maintenance Survival List
You may never even use your sprinklers, but if your house came with sprinklers, you need to do the maintenance. We use a local company called Warweg and I could not recommend them higher. You can probably YouTube it and have a go at DIYing it, but this is one of those things that you want done right.
If you have leaves, it is tempting to just let them blow away with the wind. But be a good neighbor and rake them up! My husband has a blower that also “vacuums” and mulches leaves into a bag. Then he fills multiple bags and puts them out for the trash. Some areas around here allow burning leaves, but make sure you check your area. And I have heard some cities who have you just pile your leaves at the curb and the city provides a “vacuum” truck on specific days that picks them up!
In 1997, after buying my first home as a single woman, I had no idea I needed to do this and it led to a frozen pipe, which then expanded, broke, and proceeded to melt into my front coat closet. Luckily I was on a slab and the floor was vinyl, so it was not the end of the world. Basically, you need to remove any garden hoses from the hose bibs, and follow all the instructions for winterizing your hose bibs here.
Well, I hope you did this last month and every month, but if you haven’t, be SURE to change the furnace filter. The furnace unit powers air to your house year-round, so this is not just a winter thing. It is recommended that it is changed monthly, and every 3 months at the most. I’ve been known to go longer if I’m being honest, and it wasn’t pretty. One got so bad it about fell apart to get it out! And if your Furnace needs a tune-up or repair, we use Airtron. Being on their service plan literally saved us over $900 one time.
So maybe you didn’t know that ceiling fans either push air or pull air depending on the direction they turn?! Each fan will have a switch up by the blades. Counterclockwise cools a room, and clockwise circulates air. Remember…warm air rises? Ceiling fans circulate that air back down. It probably doesn’t make sense to you to run your fans in the winter, but that is what they were made for!
If you purchased an older home, you are going to want to dig deeper on Google to find all the money-saving ways to help on heating costs. There are many things to do for drafty windows and caulking and insulation. You can do this! Homeownership is something you earned, now take care of your investment!