What you should know when prepping your home for fall

Falling leaves, rainy days, and a nip in the air—fall is here! That means it’s time to prepare your Napa Valley or Sonoma home for the winter months. As wine country real estate experts, we know what it takes to keep your home in top-notch shape, especially if you’re planning to sell in the near future. Our autumn checklist includes everything from must-do repairs to simple seasonal maintenance tips. They’re all designed to make sure you and your home are ready for whatever comes your way, indoors and out.

Prepping Your Home for Fall: Indoor Tasks

  1. Inspect the HVAC system. Routine maintenance ensures your heating system works when you need it most. Clear dust and debris from all HVAC vents and ducts and check the thermostat to make sure it’s operating correctly. If you don’t already have one, consider investing in a programmable or smart thermostat to help reduce energy costs.
  2. Check and test plumbing components. Inspect and repair or replace pressure valves, hoses, and faucets that aren’t working as they should.
  3. Windows and doors. Inspect all doors and windows for drafts and, if necessary, apply new caulking and weatherstripping. Check glass inserts for cracks or holes and examine screens for tears and any unwanted pests.
  4. Appliances. Check hoses attached to the washer, dishwasher, refrigerator, and sinks for leaks. If repairs are needed, now’s the time to schedule them.
  5. Insulation and ventilation. Check the attic and other areas where insulation’s installed to ensure it’s in good condition. Keep a close eye out for signs of moisture. Don’t forget to check eave or ridge vents for debris and weeds.

Outdoor Home Maintenance Tasks for Fall

  1. Gutters and downspouts. Clean out all leaves and debris to prevent clogging, rot, and rust. Check that brackets are secure and there’s no warped flashing or leaking vents.
  2. Roof and house exterior. Look for signs of peeling paint and, if necessary, arrange for the application of a new coat. Have a professional roofer check for loose or missing shingles so any necessary repairs can be made before the cooler and rainier months.
  3. Chimney inspection. Call in a professional to inspect for signs of damage, cracks, and soot or creosote buildup. Have the flue tested to ensure a tight seal and have the chimney professionally cleaned to remove toxins.
  4. Protect outdoor furniture. The Napa and Sonoma areas don’t tend to get as cold as other areas of the country, but nighttime temperatures have been known to reach freezing. Those colder temps can damage your outdoor furniture. Either store it inside or cover it with a waterproof furniture cover.

Talk to a Wine Country Realtor Today

Our final fall maintenance tip should become a part of your yearly routine. A review of your home’s smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, and other safety features ensures your family and your home remain secure from dangerous home disasters.

St. Helena Real Estate is a wine country real estate agency dedicated to helping our clients get the right purchase offers or find their perfect Napa Valley dream home. Our goal is to exceed your expectations of what it means to work with a realtor to buy or sell a luxury home in Napa Valley or Sonoma. To learn more about all the services we offer, contact us online today or call us at 707.967.9570!

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