With the summer coming to a close, you’ll find that changes to your cleaning routine will need to be made to get your home ready for the fall and winter months. From making sure your Oreck vacuum is ready to clean up pumpkin cookie crumbs to raking up the leaves from your yard, you’ll want to make sure you’re ready to take on autumn messes.
Not only do you have to make sure the inside of your home is ready to entertain your friends and family during Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, but the outside also needs attention. So, grab your Oreck and your rake and get ready to take on fall cleaning the right way.
Swap Out the Summer Screens
Screens are great during the summer; they allow you to keep your windows open to let heat escape the inside of your home while keeping out bugs, insects and other animals. However, you probably won’t be opening your windows too often during the fall, much less the winter. Take the time to remove, clean and store your window screens and replace them with storm screens — these screens keep out water and stop strong winds.
Clear Out Your Gutters
You don’t want your gutters clogging up during rainstorms, so make sure you get them cleared of any leaves and other debris — outdoor faucets should also be drained during the fall.
Clogged gutters can result in thousands of dollars’ worth of water damage to your home’s foundation, walls and roof if they aren’t functioning properly.
Repair Sidewalk/Driveway Cracks
During the colder seasons, water can make its way into pavement cracks in your driveway and sidewalk, causing more extreme cracks to form due to freezing and resulting in a dangerous path to walk or even drive on. Make sure you fill in any of these cracks before heavy rain begins.
Of Course, Clean Up the Inside
Though the outside needs the most attention, you can’t neglect the indoors. Pull out your Oreck vacuum and clean up any debris that might have been dragged in from the outdoors. Winds can bring in leaves and dirt when the door is opened, which your Oreck can take care of, however, there is no doubt that mud can result in mud tracks in the house — enforce a strict “no shoes” policy throughout the winter if needed.
Fall and winter can be some of the toughest seasons on your home, both internally and externally, so make sure you’re prepared to tackle them on.