Homeowners - Essential Fall Maintenance Tips
As the weather starts to cool, many homeowners get to work picking up leaves and readying their lawns for the coming winter. However, it’s also important to turn your attention to the indoors and prepare your home for the freezing temperatures that are winding around the corner.
While the autumn maintenance list can be very long, here are a few essential tasks that no homeowner should ignore:
1. Clean the gutters: While picking up fallen leaves from the lawn, you also need to remove them from your gutters. A clean gutter prevents ice damage during the winter months. After cleaning, it’s important to flush your gutters with water and inspect all of the joints. If you notice your gutters need replaced, it’s best to invest in quality gutters that have built-in leaf guards – this will save you maintenance time in the future.
2. Prepare the chimney and fireplace: While the concern of carbon monoxide poisoning motivates most homeowners to maintain their fireplace and chimney, proper maintenance will also expand their lifespan and lower the risk of fires. Make sure you thoroughly clean your fireplace and have a specialist check and clean the chimney as well. This will pay off dividends in the winter, when you’re looking to add a little extra heat and ambiance to your home. If you are going to use your fireplace, you should also make sure your firewood is properly stored.
3. Caulk the windows: Keep your home heat efficient and caulk around all of your windows and doorframes. This maintenance-must will not only keep heat from escaping, but also keep water (and ice) out of any openings. Once water gets into cracks and crevices around your home, it will freeze in the winter months, causing large cracks. This moisture buildup will also provide the perfect haven for mold growth as the temperatures rise in the spring.
4. Check the furnace: Dealing with a broken furnace in the dead of winter is any homeowners’ worst nightmare. Avoid the paranoia and concern by asking a professional to inspect your furnace and make sure everything is running smoothly. This preventative maintenance on your furnace can save you money and unnecessary concern in the long run.
5. Inspect detectors: Carbon monoxide poisoning and home fires are more common during the colder months. Stay safe and take the time to inspect all detectors throughout your house. If your batteries are low, refresh them with new ones, ensuring each detector is working properly.
While the fall foliage and pleasant temperatures offer a great setting for apple picking and hot cider, taking the time to perform these tasks will pay off in the future. Proper seasonal home maintenance will help keep your home safe, functioning at its best, and can add long-term value when it’s time to sell.
If you’re looking to sell your home or would like mortgage advice, feel free to contact the knowledgeable staff at Union Home Mortgage (UHM), by visiting UnionHomeMortgage.com.
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