We’re back – with our special ‘The Fall Season.’ We’re going to wrap up with a quick talk about something every homeowner needs to pay attention to – maintaining your home, as the weather turns colder.
Now first of all, if you live in the warm weather states – congratulations! Because you probably don’t have too much to do…but even so, never hurts to think – about maintaining your home.
Now if you live in an area where the weather does turn colder – your first maintenance strategy is making sure the cold weather stays out – and the warmth of the house – stays in! That means several things. For one, check your windows and your exterior doors – to make sure they seal up tight when they’re closed.
If they don’t, you can either use caulk, or weathertight clear tape, to seal up those drafts. After all, when the heat inside leaks out – you’re wasting money.
It’s also a good idea to check the insulation in the attic. One way to see if you need more? If the roof was covered with snow last winter – did the snow on your roof melt – faster than the other houses? If so – they probably have better insulation than you do.
Next up – the exterior. Fall is a great time to check for peeling or chipped paint. As we approach the colder weather, your house needs a really warm coat – to protect it from the elements. Paint is that coat. Making sure it’s solid -with no cracks that moisture can get in – is really important.
Same strategy goes for the roof., Make sure the shingles are in good shape…not broken cracked or falling out of alignment.
Better to fix roof damage now – than when the house is covered in snow.
While we’re still on the outside, you’ll have to clean the gutters to make sure they’re free of all leaves and debris. Now typically you’ll do that later on, closer to thanksgiving….but one thing to think about: if you’re not that great on a ladder – better hire someone to do the job.
And also – it’s a great time to check your furnace filter. If you change yours every month, you’re way ahead of the game. But if not, remember that furnace will be cranking up – sooner than you might think.
And here’s an idea – if you don’t have a smart thermostat? Fall might be the perfect time to get one. They help you save money – on your utility bills.
Just one last suggestion – check your smoke detectors and look into getting a carbon monoxide detector too. In the fall, we start to close up our home a lot more than we do in the summer – so make sure the air is safe, and make sure if there’s a fire, that smoke detector works – so that you and your family can get out of the house in plenty of time.
Now of course, there’s much more to it…but Fall Maintenance is a really important part of being a homeowner. Your home is probably your biggest investment… if you take care of it? It will likely grow in value. If you don’t…well, you know.
So batten down the hatches, seal up those air leaks! Maintain that furnace! And get that home ready – for the fall season.