Fall is officially here. Summer has come and gone, and with the new season, we can expect cooler weather – and challenges for our home maintenance. Here are some steps you can take to get your properties ready for the cooler weather coming up soon. Make Sure Your Gutters Are Clear Gutters are important for a home’s well-being. They protect the walls and foundation from water damage, and need to be kept clean and free of debris. Well, if there’s one thing fall brings to a home, it’s debris. Falling leaves and sticks can quickly clog up a gutter system and make it so rain water can’t freely flow through. Make sure your gutters and downspouts are clear and keep checking them throughout the fall, especially as the leaves turn and begin to fall. Weatherproof Your Home’s Doors and Windows Fall is also a perfect time to attend to your doors and windows. With colder weather comes cold drafts that can wreak havoc with utility bills and can also make your tenants uncomfortable. The fall is a great time to seal any cracks and gaps around your home’s doors and windows with caulk and weather-stripping. Inspect Your Heating System The beginning of the fall is also a great time to inspect your home’s heating system. Have a professional check the furnace for defects or items that need repaired. We could have a colder-than-average winter this year, if forecasters are correct, so having a fully-functional heating system is imperative, especially in older homes. This is also a good time to inspect any gas heating elements in the home, particularly the kitchen. Inspect the Roof Finally, make sure you pay special attention to the roof this fall as you get ready for winter. Roof repairs can be tougher and more expensive during the winter than other seasons, so it’s best to be pre-emptive with your maintenance. Make sure the roofing system is intact and free of issues that may emerge, such as damaged or curled shingles, leaky vents, or damage from pests. For more info on making your home maintenance easier, check out how property management pros can help.