Home Maintenance Guide: Preparing Your Wilkinson Home for Fall

A homeowner preparing their home for fall.

October 11, 2023

As the vibrant colors of summer slowly give way to the warm and cozy hues of autumn, it's time to prepare your new home in Delaware for the upcoming season. At Wilkinson Homes, we take pride in crafting top-quality new homes in sought-after communities throughout this phenomenal state—and we understand how important it is to keep your home in pristine condition. From inspecting your roof and gutters to showing extra love to your landscape, we're here to help you with a fall maintenance guide that addresses the unique needs of new homes without requiring excessive upkeep. Read below as we explore some essential steps to ensure your new Wilkinson Home stays in excellent shape during the fall season.

Inspect your roof and gutters

Start your fall maintenance routine by checking the roof and gutters of your Wilkinson Home. Our new homes have modern roofing materials and well-designed gutters, making them more durable. However, fallen leaves and debris can still accumulate over time. Use a sturdy ladder and safety gear when assessing your roof and gutters and remove leaves, sticks and any other obstructions to ensure a free-flowing draining system this fall—and if you aren’t comfortable doing it yourself, don’t hesitate to ask a professional. Keeping these areas clean and in good condition will help protect your home from potential issues down the road.

Check for air leaks

Although our new homes in Delaware are constructed with precision, it's always a good idea to inspect for any areas that may be allowing the outside air to enter your home. Windows & doors are the usual culprits. Make sure all windows are latched, and doors are closing tightly against the weatherstripping. This will help keep your Wilkinson Home well-insulated during the cooler fall months, ensuring both comfort and energy efficiency.

Check your HVAC system

Your home's HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system plays a crucial role in maintaining a comfortable indoor environment during the fall. Before the weather gets too chilly, have your HVAC system professionally serviced. This includes cleaning or replacing filters, inspecting the heating elements and checking for any potential issues. A well-maintained HVAC system will not only keep your home cozy—but also help you save on energy costs.

Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

Safety should always be a top priority. Test your home's smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are in working order. We’re proud to include modern safety features in our new homes, but regular testing is still necessary to ensure your family's protection and provide you with peace of mind throughout the fall season and beyond.

Landscaping and lawn care

Lastly, it’s important to give your landscape a little extra attention during your fall maintenance endeavors. Regularly remove fallen leaves from your lawn to prevent suffocation and promote healthy grass growth, and you can also apply a fall fertilizer to fortify your lawn for the winter ahead. You’ll want to check the health of your trees and keep an eye out for any noticeable differences in leaf colors or any dead branches. If you find any trees that are unhealthy, you will want to take immediate action to get them either pruned or removed—as this will prevent them from causing any damage to your home if any fall or winter storms come through the area. Lastly, don’t forget that fall is a great time to plant grass, plants, and trees.

Enjoy this autumn in your Wilkinson Home

Preparing your Wilkinson Home for fall doesn't have to be a daunting task. With a focus on the specific needs of new homes, you can ensure that your property remains in excellent condition and continues to provide you with comfort and peace of mind throughout the season. By following these simple maintenance steps, you'll be able to enjoy the beauty of autumn in Delaware while knowing that your home is well-prepared. If you ever have any questions or need assistance with home maintenance, don't hesitate to reach out to Wilkinson Homes—we're here to support you in every step of your homeownership journey. For any additional questions or more information about our top-quality new homes in Delaware throughout Newark, Dover, Camden and Felton—give us a call at (610) 274-8283 or fill out our online form today.

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