Fall is an important time in the maintenance of your home, and a great time to catch up on projects pushed off during the chaos of summer. Below are some great tips on areas you should target first.
Of course the most obvious stop is checking to make sure your gutters to make sure they are free and clear of leaves, sticks, and other debris. Now is also a good time to consider upgrading to an enclosed gutter system to keep you off ladders and roofs. If you do have to take a leap up onto the roof be sure to check for any peeling and discolored shingles.
As long as you are poking around the gutters, now would be a great time to be sure mud and branches aren’t clogging up your drain spouts either. It’s also a good idea to check for rusted pieces and holes that have been worn in and may need replacing.
Before the first cold snap, make sure your furnace filter is clean and ready for cooler temps. It’s also a great idea to have your HVAC system cleaned and serviced by a local professional.
Check your chimney for creosote buildup and consider having your chimney cleaned and inspected by a chimney sweep.
Now is the time to make sure your settings are adjusted to the cooler weather settings so you don’t come home to house heated to 80 degrees. Still have an older model? Upgrading to a digital thermostat can result in significant savings over time.
Windows and Exterior Doors
Inspect your windows for cracks and broken seals, consider sealing them with plastic if they are older or leaking air. If you have storm windows and doors, now is the time to remove the screens and install the stormers. Check for window leaks with this “smoke test”.
Take a walk around your property to check for overgrown branches and cracks in walkways or drives.
Questions? Our agents have heard and seen it all! Let us know how we can help, and if you need a recommendation for a landscaper, chimney inspector or any other contractor, be sure to ask.
From the desk of: Andrea Davitt