Fall is here and looks like winter won’t be too far behind. Inspecting your home and regular maintenance of your home will ensure that you will be able to enjoy it for years to come. This can also reduce your upkeep costs by doing the maintenance before the big costs happen.
Here are a few things you should be doing in the Fall:
- clean leaves from your eavesthroughs and roofs
- check downspouts to make sure the water drains properly from your roof
- make sure that the ground around your home slopes away from the house to avoid water penetration
- winterize your outdoor furniture, landscaping, protect young trees for winter
- Drain and store your outdoor hoses, and make sure they are NOT connected to the bid. Close the inside valve and keep the outside tap open
- cover your A/C unit – this will avoid ice buildup during the winter
- check your chimney for any obstructions
- make sure your outside doors all shut properly and replace if needed any weather stripping
- ensure all windows and skylights are closed properly
- replace window screens with storm windows (if needed)
- check your furnace filter – it should be replaced regularly to make sure your furnace will work to it’s full potential
- have your furnace verified by a qualified service company to avoid any surprises during the cold months
- check your smoke detectors as well to make sure they are functional
These are just a few tips and tricks that would be good for you to take care of. It will only take a few minutes of your time but could save you lots of money in the long run. Make it part of your routine and it will be a breeze.