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21 items to get your house ready for Fall

November 3rd, 2018 4:09 PM by Sam Kader

The fall is a time of transition to make sure that everything is in order as temperatures begin to drop and winter settles in. Here are some maintenance items to keep up: 

  1. Check your roof. Protect your home by checking for any signs of leaks. Hire a pro to address problems like loose shingles, leaks, damaged flashing or bad ventilation. If your roof is beyond repair, now is a good time to tackle a complete replacement. Check for signs of mold and mildew. 
  2. Have your chimney cleaned by a professional and inspect for any damage to chimney chase. 
  3. Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duck and space under the dryer. Remove lint, dust and scraps of materials. Use a washing machine cleaner solution for front loading machines (twice a year). 
  4. Repave your driveway. A new driveway is a great way to spruce up your home and pouring one while the weather's still relatively warm will allow it to dry before the freeze-thaw cycles on late autumn and winter. 
  5. Prep your landscaping. Plant seeds and bulbs for a pretty yard come spring and add mulch to plants that need protection from the elements. 
  6. Prune and trim trees. Dead branches and broken limbs can become a real danger as winter storms blow in. Get trees pruned by a pro to eliminate the threat the prevent unsightly debris from piling up. The trees will also come back healthier in the spring.
  7. Assess your deck or patio. Now is the time to pack up outdoor furniture that could be affected by cold weather. Once clear, assess your deck or patio and repair any damage or deterioration. 
  8. Clean your gutters. Gutters should remain clear and in good condition to help ensure they work properly. Lean a ladder against your home and clear away sticks, leaves and other fragments. Hire a pro if you notice damage. 
  9. Check windows and doors. Replacing drafty, outdated windows with a more energy-efficient alternative will create a cozier, more comfortable home interior this winter. Check and replace caulking around doors and windows that show signs of deterioration
  10. Check for caulking around showers, bathtubs, sinks and toilet bases.
  11. Purchase a storm door. It serve as an additional element to protect your home from harsh weather. 
  12. Consider buying a generator. Standby generators can be costly but may be worth the investment if you live in an area that tends to lose power in storms. 
  13. Make repairs big and small from broken railings and siding boards to knows and hinges. 
  14. Have your furnace cleaned and inspected annually by a professional. 
  15. Insulate water pipes in areas exposed to cold temperatures and turn up the thermostat during extra cold periods. 
  16. Repair any stairs or banisters to prevent falls and injury. 
  17. Pressure wash walkways, step, deck, porch treads and every three years your siding. 
  18. Check your home's insulation in attic and crawl spaces and insulate pipes in those spaces. 
  19. Check your space heaters and wood-burning stoves or safety and other hazards. 
  20. Clean and vacuum dust from vents, baseboard heaters and cold-air returns. 
  21. Inspect for damage to holes in eave areas where animals may have entered. 
Posted in:Home Maintenance, and tagged: Home Maintenance
Posted by Sam Kader on November 3rd, 2018 4:09 PM



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