While spring might be the season for cleaning and clear-outs, autumn is the time for home maintenance as the nights draw in. But with so many different elements to consider, it can be tricky deciding where to start.

In this post, we’ll run through three key areas for autumn home maintenance…

1. Check your gutters

If you had to name one thing associated with autumn, it would probably be leaves changing colour and falling from the trees. The problem for your home is where they go afterwards – and it’s not just an issue for your driveway or garden.

Leaves can easily be blown onto your roof, or even fall directly onto it if they’re overhanging your home. Like most things on your roof, they’ll find their way into your gutters, which can become a bit of a soggy mess when combined with rainfall.

Towards the end of autumn, it’s a good idea to have your gutters cleared and cleaned. While this might seem like a nice bit of DIY on a free weekend, it’s never a good idea to work at height without the right training. A professional company can clear your gutters properly without risking anyone’s safety.

2. Finish off your garden

It’s not just the trees that stop growing in autumn. So too do your hedges and your grass. That means you can mow or trim them without worrying about too much regrowth until the following spring.

The final mow of the year for your grass is recommended towards the end of autumn, ideally in November. Elsewhere, hedges grow the most between May and August, so they can be trimmed back any time in autumn to keep them looking neat.

Autumn is also a good time to cut back perennial plants – that’s anything which regrows in spring and dies off by September. Trimming these plants after they’ve flowered (and removing weeds in the process) will have them looking great next spring.

3. Prepare your roof

With the unpredictable British climate serving up wet weather in every season, it’s fair to say roofing is important all year round. However, winter is without a doubt the worst time for rainfall – and the busiest time for roofers.

If you wait for winter to come, you’ll find out about roofing issues the hard way when you notice a leak, and most roofers will already be booked up for several weeks.

That’s why autumn is the best time to book in a roof inspection and get any repairs out of the way. In doing so, you’ll be able to avoid the winter rush, book in timely repairs, and make sure your roof is ready for the wet, windy and cold winter weather.

Roofing and guttering taken care of

Want to make the most of autumn by getting your Wakefield home ready for winter? DPR Roofing provides professional roofing and guttering services for local properties. Whether it’s gutter clearance, roof repairs or a new roof altogether, we’ll provide a professional, affordable service that keeps you and your home protected from the rain.

Contact us on 01924 255 677 or email [email protected] to find out more about our services or arrange an inspection.