Now that Labor Day has passed and we enter into Fall, it’s time to start thinking about home maintenance. Aging-in-Place means staying in your own home for as long as possible. For most of us, we think about adding grab bars and other accessible construction projects that make the home safer and livable as we age.
But to remain in the home, we also need to think about home maintenance that will keep the home in livable shape. As you consider budgeting for retirement, set aside some money to keep your home in good shape for a long time too.
During the summer, this usually means mowing the lawn, tending to the garden, and other cosmetic necessities. Depending on your area of the country, Spring and Fall require other changes to get you through the upcoming seasons.
Fall Home Maintenance
September is usually still hot in most parts of the country but things will be cooling down soon and it’s time to start thinking about winter.
If you have a pool, it may need to be drained and covered to keep leaves out during Fall and to keep it from cracking as things freeze later in the year. Check the filters and add chemicals needed for the winter.
Windows may need to be changed to double-pane storm windows replacing screens. This helps insulate and keep harsh weather outside.
While you’re at it, check any weather stripping around windows and doors.
It’s still a little early to be thinking about gutters but take a peek at your roof and examine it for leaks or bad shingles. If they need work, they can be fixed now or after the leaves have all fallen when it’s time to clear out the gutters.
Outdoor decks and patios won’t be used in the winter in snowy areas of the country. After you cover or remove the patio furniture for the year, check for cracks or areas that need to be sealed. Maybe the entire deck needs resealing after a long, hot summer. This will help maintain it during the winter and prolong its life.
Before the temperatures drop, plan a visit to the attic to check the insulation and assess for any open areas where heat may escape. A well-insulated attic will reduce heating costs in the Winter and save you money in the long run.
As we age, we think about performing our own physical maintenance such as eating right, exercising, and visiting the doctor for health checkups. Don’t forget to maintain your home as well. You plan on living there for a long time, and tending to it can save money and ensure its health. If you’re unable to make changes yourself, check with local contractors or visit a local home maintenance store such as Home Depot or Lowe’s. They can probably assist you in finding somebody to help.