Given that Florida has a unique climate and doesn’t experience the traditional fall season like many other states, I thought I’d share tips that apply to the specific needs of Florida homeowners.
Fall Tips and Home Maintenance Checklist for Florida Homeowners: Preparing Your Property for the Season
As the intense heat of the Florida summer starts to mellow, homeowners begin to think about how to best prepare their homes for the upcoming months. While Florida might not see golden leaves or early winter snowfalls, the fall season brings its own set of considerations outside of cold weather. Here are some essential “fall tips for homeowners” tailored for the Sunshine State:
While hurricane season peaks in September, it’s essential to remain vigilant throughout the fall. Make sure your storm shutters on your house are in good condition, and consider trimming trees that might pose a threat during high winds.
Your AC has been working hard all summer. As the temperature starts to drop slightly, it’s a good time to service your unit, clean or replace filters, and ensure it’s working properly and ready for the sporadic warm days ahead.
Florida’s warm climate can be a haven for pests. Fall is a good time of the year to seal any gaps in your home’s exterior, check window screens for holes, and consider a pest control treatment to keep unwanted guests at bay.
While your lawn might not face the threat of frost, the fall is an excellent time to fertilize, water and reseed. It’s also the perfect season to plant Florida-friendly shrubs and flowers that thrive in cooler temperatures.
Florida’s summer storms can be hard on roofs. Check for loose or damaged shingles, clear any debris, and ensure you have clean gutters are free-flowing to handle the fall rain showers.
While Florida might not get frigid, the evenings can get cooler. If you have a patio or outdoor space, consider investing in some outdoor heating system or fire pits to make the most of your outdoor living areas.
With the holiday season approaching, ensure your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning correctly. Replace batteries and test each device.
As a Florida homeowner, we might not face the traditional challenges of fall, however, the season is still a pivotal time for home maintenance projects and preparation. By following these fall tips and home improvements, you’ll ensure your home is ready for whatever the Florida climate has in store.
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