Fall Home Physical

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Most people as they get older are encouraged to have a yearly physical to determine their current health and identify any issues that need addressing. Applying the physical to property, as a house ages it should get a physical at least once per year if not more often. Below are some things you should check in a fall home physical:

Outside

  • Check the outside perimeter of the house for any cracks, or breaks in the exterior. Do you see things that need repairing, or even repainting? Fix them now so that as temperatures drop and freezing is a possibility, they will not become a larger problem.
  • Does your home have vents around the foundation? If so, do they automatically open and close, or are they open all the time? If they are open all the time, then now would be a good time to either replace them with an automatic vent, or put something in them to block cold air from entering.
  • Are your gutters clean and well attached to your home? If not then they should be cleaned (several times as leaves fall) and secured to the house if they are falling away.
  • Turn off your sprinkler system if you have one and drain if necessary. Make sure any pipes that retain water are insulated to avoid bursting during a deep freeze.
  • Disconnect hoses and put freeze protective covers over any outside faucets.
  • Seal any cracks around doors and windows. This action will benefit by keeping out unwanted pests, moisture, and cold air.
  • Check your roof by at least doing a visual inspection from the ground. If you see anything that does not look right consult a reliable roofer to make any needed repairs.
  • If you have a chimney consider having it checked by a professional for cracks, debris, and too much soot. Correct any issues that are found.
  • Observe your foundation. If you see holes near it, or the ground sloping toward the foundation you should fill the holes and put soil in to fill in the low spots so that water will direct away from your foundation.
  • Does your driveway have any cracks? Repair them as they may get worse in the winter

Inside

  • Replace your HVAC filters
  • Replace batteries in smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, clocks, remote controls and weather radios.
  • Check your stock of water and non-perishables. Do you have extra supplies you could use in case you are stuck inside for a longer than normal time? If you need to restock supplies, do it during good weather.
  • Replace any excessively worn rugs, or any that are a trip hazard.
  • Fix or replace any windows that may not properly work.
  • Repair or replace any locks that need are troublesome.
  • Reverse the direction of any ceiling fans so they will push warm air toward the floor when running.
  • Since your yard work will decrease over time, consider a fall cleaning for the inside of your home. If you have extra items of value now would be a good time to donate them to charity, or sell them for extra cash for the holidays.
  • If you have a chainsaw make sure the chain is sharp, it runs correctly and you have gas /oil to keep it running. If you have a tree fall and block your property ingress / egress a chain saw can be used to remove the debris. Even if you are not comfortable running a chain saw maybe you can provide it to a neighbor who can help, or you may be able to help them if they have an issue.
  • Check your plumbing and repair anything that is problematic. You may have let some things go in the summertime, but now that you will typically be spending more time indoors it is good for things to be working properly and saving you money.
These are some of the things you should review and repair as needed. Once everything is satisfactory, Congratulations! You have helped your home pass the Fall Home Physical.