tips for FALL HOME MAINTENANCE
As the weather turns cooler, it’s a pleasant climate for working outdoors. This means you can turn your attention to preparing your home for the freezing winter temperatures. Now’s a great time to complete any projects that are lingering on your to-do list. These five simple tasks can help your property maintain it’s value during the approaching winter season.
1. CLEAN THE GUTTERS
This task should be completed on a regular basis. Routine cleaning of gutters and downspouts will make it easier to accomplish. Fall is a good time to check that any drainage areas are free of leaves and debris which may clog them up. You can also install gutter guards to simplify this project. In some cases, you may want to hire a company to do it for you.
2. INSPECT YOUR ROOF
Replace any shingles that may be curling or cracking. Consider replacing your roof if the damage is too severe. Also check for any gaps around skylights or chimneys which may allow snow and ice to find their way in. Keeping your roof in good condition will not only preserve your home’s value, but also help to keep you warm and dry during winter weather.
3. SERVICE YOUR FURNACE
Make sure that your heating system is ready to go! Replace the filters in your furnace and consider hiring a contractor to inspect your heating system for carbon monoxide danger. Your utility company may do this for free.
4. DRAIN AND TURN OFF OUTDOOR WATER
Run the water in your exterior hoses until the pipes are empty to ensure that no freezing water will damage the pipes. Then turn off the valves to the exterior hose bibs.
5. SEAL CRACKS AROUND DOORS AND WINDOWS
Window seals can shrink and crack with changes to temperature and humidity, or even just normal wear and tear. Check all your windows and doors for leaks or gaps that may allow cold winter air to enter. Caulk any cracks or install weather stripping. Don’t forget about the garage door, too. Also clean your screens and replace them with storm windows.
Take advantage of the fall weather to complete these and any other long-planned projects around your property. This will preserve your home’s value and keep it snug for the winter, too.