Keeping your home in peak condition takes daily care but also seasonal maintenance. This is especially true for fall. Residents of the Twin Cities are well acquainted with the harsh Minnesota winters and need to take time to prepare their homes to ensure everything runs smoothly through the winter. The custom home builders at L. Cramer don’t just want to give you your dream home, but help you keep it looking wonderful throughout the year. We’ve assembled a checklist to help you get the most out of your home this fall and winter.
Fireplaces & Chimneys
Poorly maintained fireplaces and chimneys, at best, don’t work and, at worst, cause fires. It’s important to have your fireplaces and chimneys professionally inspected at least once a year and to test that the seal on your fireplace flue is tight.
Your landscaping is a beautiful addition to your home and fall is one of the best times to do some maintenance. After the leaves on your trees and shrubs turn is the best time to prune them as it encourages healthy growth and helps to keep stray limbs away from your roof or power lines. Also, fall is the best time to fertilize your lawn. To prepare for winter, your grass’ roots grow deeper, making them more receptive to fertilizing and reseeding. Taking these steps now will help your landscaping stand out come spring!
To prevent frozen or burst pipes, make sure all of your outdoor water systems are drained. Fountains, sprinkler systems, hoses, or other water features should all be shut off and drained. If your system doesn’t have a drain valve, you can hire a professional to blow out the system using compressed air.
Gutters & Downspouts
While not the most glamorous part of your home, your gutters and downspouts are crucial to preventing ice dams and water damage in the winter. The beautiful falling leaves can clog your gutters and downspouts, causing them to backup. Once the leaves have finished falling, clear your gutters to get them ready for the winter snow.
Don’t forget to schedule your annual fall HVAC maintenance to ensure your system runs smoothly throughout the winter.
By making sure these elements of your custom home are in order this fall, you can comfortably transition into winter. If you’re ready to create the perfect year-round sanctuary, contact the professional custom home builders at L. Cramer. We partner closely with you to design and build the luxury home of your dreams. Contact us at (952) 935-8482 to begin your custom home building journey today.