Home Maintenance Tips

Fall is, for many San Diego North County home owners, the most enjoyable of all the seasons. One reason for this time of year’s popularity is we usually have great weather here in San Diego County.  Many times it is warm, and some of our clearest days are this time of year.  (On my morning walk this morning, I could see San Clemente and Santa Catalinia Island, and I live in San Marcos.  Now that is clear.)   We also get to enjoy Charger football.

While you are out enjoying the fall colors, the nice weather, Bates Nut Farm, and Fall activities, take some time to prep your San Diego North County home – both indoor and outdoor – for winter with the below the photo fall home maintenance tips!

Outdoor Maintenance Tips

  • Make sure the weather stripping on your windows and doors fit and is in good condition.
  • Clear debris out of you window wells, gutters, downspouts, and storm drains. 
  • Look for cracked glass and damaged screens or storm windows. Check for loose putty around glass panes.
  • Clean your windows. Sparkling clean windows let in lots of sunlight that will help chase away winter’s doldrums.
  • Use a good winter fertalizer with weed killer to keep you lawn healthy.

Indoor Maintenance Tips

  • Change the batteries in the smoke detectors.
  • Change the filters in the furnace.
  • Get your heating system checked by a professional.
  • Make sure you have proper insulation in both your attic. 
  • Check your duct work to make sure there are no air leaks.  It is a very common problem for ducts to come apart in the attic.
  • Clean out any dust that has accumulated in vents to reduce exposure to indoor pollutants and cut down on winter colds.
  • Remove hair from drains in sinks, tubs, and showers. 

To help you get ready for the next big holiday, see Thanksgiving in San Diego 2010.

If you are considering buying or selling a San Diego North County home this fall, contact Gary Harmon, Prudential California Realty, North County Realtor.   Gary specializes in San Diego North County homes including:  Carlsbad homes, Oceanside homes for sale, Encinitas homes, Vista, San Marcos, and Escondido real estate.  Gary Harmon also specializes in San Diego North County homes for over 55 seniors.  North County Homes for Over 55 (55+) covered on this blog include Ocean Hills Country Club homes, Oceana homes, and Emerald Lake Village (all in Oceanside). Other homes included are Rancho Carlsbad homes(Carlsbad), Oaks North homes and Seven Oaks homes (both in Rancho Bernardo).