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Home Fall Maintenance Every Home Owner Should Tackle

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home ready for winter after fall maintenanceFor home owners fall is more than just a season of apples and changing autumn colors, it’s also the time to keep their home in peak condition.  Fall maintenance not only gets your home ready for winter, it also is an important part of maintaining the equity in your home.

Pressure wash your home.

Pressure washing your home is important for the curb appeal of your home, ridding your home of dust and mold that’s built up over the year.  It also prevents long-term staining on your brick or siding exterior (very important if you decide to sell your home).

Check for drafts.

Before the winter wind and storms hit, check your windows and doors for draftiness. Test for draftiness by holding a flame in front of the window. If the flame flickers, it’s time to replace that window. If you find holes around your window or door, fill in the holes around windows and doors with caulk. If your window seal is broken, or you question the efficiency, contact a contractor for a quote to replace your windows.

Add insulation to your attic.

An estimated 35 percent of energy loss can occur through your home’s roof. An adequate layer of insulation in your attic is the key to an energy efficient home this winter, so have your attic inspected to make sure you have enough to keep the warm air in and the winter air out.

Have your chimney inspected.

A fireplace can be a valuable selling point for your home, or the source of a cozy winter evening fire.  To make sure your evening fire doesn’t turn into a home fire or an insurance claim, contact chimney professionals to schedule an inspection so you can prevent carbon monoxide build up or a fire.

Change your furnace filter.

Hire an HVAC technician to do annual maintenance and make sure it’s ready for winter and running efficiently, saving you money on utility bills. Don’t forget to also change your furnace filter now and every month once the furnace is on during the winter.

Check your roof for loose or damaged shingles.

A visual inspection is not always enough to see if you have loose or damaged shingles from summer storms.  If you suspect your roof shingles are damaged, check or have a roofing contractor inspect your roof to prevent winter leaks.  Check your gutters as well to make sure they are cleaned out before the snow falls.

Test your smoke detectors.

Test your smoke detectors and practice evacuating your home. Change any detectors with low batteries.

Clean up your yard.

This is one of our top fall selling tips for home owners looking to sell their home.  Clean your yard up by raking and collecting leaves, cleaning out debris in flower beds, and making your yard look great for winter.  Clean out any drain pipes if they are clogged so they don’t get backed up with ice this winter.