Today is the official first day of the fall, and as we gladly say goodbye to the oppressive summer heat it's time to get ready for the cooler - and occasionally wetter - days ahead. There are a few home maintenance items you can do now to prepare.
WINDOWS & DOORS: Keep heated air inside and dust & moisture out by checking the seal around your windows and doors. You may need to caulk windows and repair-or-replace the weather stripping around exterior doors.
ROOF & GUTTERS: Our rainy season won't begin in earnest until November, but September can still provide last-ditch efforts of the southwest monsoon season. Be sure to check your roof for broken or missing shingles. Also make sure water drains away from your house... downspouts should move rainwater at least 4 feet from your foundation. Improper drainage can lead to costly water damage mitigation.
HVAC: Your Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) system is just as important in the fall/winter as it is in the summertime. Make sure your furnace filter is replaced about every month. It's always a good idea to schedule an annual furnace tune-up from a trusted professional.
LANDSCAPING: October brings "Scalping Season" to the Desert, where we replace our lawns. This is also a good time to check the health of your trees. Make sure your trees and hedges are properly trimmed before winter storms can do their damage. Also be sure to give your bushes, shrubs and flowers mulch - keeping them health and warm.
There is no place more beautiful or with more perfect weather than our Coachella Valley in the fall. Preparing your home for the oncoming season will ensure you get to enjoy every bit of it!