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Simple fall home maintenance
Dated: September 19 2021
Fall is almost here! If you’re a homeowner (or if you’re responsible for maintaining the place you live), it’s time to pull out your list and spend a day completing some tasks that will keep your home in the best condition. Here are 8 things you’ll want to check on before winter arrives!
Clean your gutters.
And if they need repairs or maintenance, here’s a handy list to help you learn how to do the repairs yourself to save money! https://www.familyhandyman.com/list/easy-gutter-fixes/
Check the batteries in your smoke detector.
This is a task you should do twice a year to ensure that they are in proper working order.
Clean or replace the filter in your furnace.
A clogged or dirty filter can not only spread germs and dust around your home, but it can also cause your heater to run continuously (or at least more than it should), making your heating bill higher than it would normally be. Here are some tips on how and why to clean or replace them: https://cookshc.com/clean-your-hvac-filter-or-replace/
Winterize your exterior faucets, hoses and sprinkler systems.
Exterior faucets can freeze in the colder winter months, causing costly repairs. But for a few dollars, you can purchase easy-to-install faucet covers to keep them protected. And if you have a sprinkler system, you can clear it out and prevent frozen, cracked lines with an air compressor. https://www.familyhandyman.com/article/how-to-winterize-a-sprinkler-system/
Clean your chimney.
If you burn real wood in your fireplace, soot and creosote can build up, creating a fire danger. The Chimney Safety Institute of America shares the following information: “The National Fire Protection Association Standard 211 is that chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs shall be done if necessary. This takes into account the fact that even if you don't use your chimney much, animals may build nests in the flue or there may be other types of deterioration that could make the chimney unsafe to use.”
Seal air leaks.
Cool winter air can creep into your home through the smallest cracks, especially around door and window frames, between trim and siding and where pipes and wires enter your home. An inexpensive tube of exterior caulk and some weather stripping will quickly seal those leaks, keeping the warm air in and the cold air out.
Prune trees and plants.
Late fall is typically the best time to prune trees and plants, although it’s always a good idea to check with your state’s extension service. Well-pruned trees are stronger and healthier. Dead branches or weak limbs and diseased trees create a danger to you and your home. Here’s a quick guide to pruning: https://www.fiskars.com/en-us/gardening-and-yard-care/ideas-and-how-tos/pruning-and-trimming/when-and-how-to-prune-tree-limbs-properly
Check your roof.
Yes, this means climbing a ladder (with the help of someone who can hold it to ensure you don’t fall!) Check for loose shingles, moss growth, leaky vents and damage to flashing around the fireplace. Many of these fixes can be done yourself. https://www.bhg.com/home-improvement/exteriors/roofs/how-to-repair-a-roof/
Keeping these simple things maintained will help save time and money and keep your home safe. Whether you’re renting your home and are ready to buy, or you own and want a change, we are eager to help and we have the resources and expertise you need. Give us a call today!
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