It’s a beautiful time of year here in Northern Colorado! The aspen leaves are changing colors, the temperature is cooling off, and the snow-capped mountains are beautiful as ever.

Fall is definitely the time for sweaters, boots, and pumpkin spice lattes, but it’s also the perfect time to check your home to make sure everything is safe and in good condition.

Here are some areas you should check this Fall:

Roof

You should check your roof at least once or twice a year, just to make sure there isn’t any damage that needs to be taken care of.  Even small holes and minor leaks can be made much worse with the harsh winter conditions, so consider having a local professional check your roof to evaluate its integrity. You can schedule a free consultation with Crazy Horse Roofing!

Gutters

With all of those extra leaves falling and blowing around, you want to make sure they aren’t clogging up your gutters. Overflowing gutters can cause a leaky roof or water damage to the interior of your home, so make sure they are free and clear to protect your roof, walls, foundation, and landscape!

Doors & Windows

As the weather cools off and gets chilly and breezy, check the seals on windows and doors for drafts and leaks. Make sure to seal any leaks with weather stripping, caulk, or spray foam.

Smoke Detectors

Double check all of the smoke and carbon dioxide detectors in the house and replace any batteries getting low to ensure that they are doing their job to keep you and your family safe.

Thermostats

Sealing up drafty windows and doors is already a great first step in saving money on your energy bill, but go one step further and think about investing in a programmable thermostat. It will save you money on your energy costs and still keep you warm and toasty inside.

Fireplace

It’s about time to start lighting those fires again to warm your hands, light your living room family gatherings, and roast chestnuts, so make sure your fireplace is ready. Double check that your damper is opening, closing, and sealing properly and make sure it is swept of soot.

Lawn

All of those red, orange, and brown leaves may bring that Fall ambiance you love, but don’t let them sit in your yard too long! Leaves can kill your grass, so try to rake them up every 4 days or so. Mowing over those leaves can also create mulch that will help keep your soil healthy!

Spending even just a few minutes going over these areas of your house this Fall can keep your home running safely and efficiently!