How to Prepare Your Home for Cooler Weather
Every homeowner knows the value of good maintenance. Performing seasonal tasks goes a long way toward preserving your home’s value and aesthetic. Consider adding these items to your fall home maintenance checklist to keep your property looking its best for years to come.
Do a Gutter Inspection and Cleaning
The autumn months bring stormy weather to the area in the form of wind and rainfall. This can wreak havoc on your roof and lead to the buildup of debris in your gutters. As the leaves begin to fall, check periodically for leaf and debris buildup. Replace sagging and weak gutters before they can lead to roof damage from mold, water buildup, and wood rot.
Inspect Your Siding
Your exterior siding is your home’s first line of defense against mold and rot. If its curling, peeling, or damaged in places, take care to replace it quickly. Be on the lookout for signs that your siding is reaching the end of its natural lifespan – for example, fading and cracking, especially in wooden shakes.
Schedule HVAC Service
Your HVAC system keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Reward its hard work by scheduling routine maintenance. This will keep your system running at its best, preserve its life, and ultimately save you money on utility bills.
Tend to Weather Stripping and Caulking
Temperature fluctuations and regular wear and tear can lead to cracks in your caulking. Walk around the outside of your home and inspect each exterior window for signs of damage. Re-caulk as necessary. This easy DIY project takes only a couple of hours and can translate into hundreds of dollars in energy savings in the long-term.
Clean Your Exterior Living Areas
You might not be ready to put away your patio furniture yet, but treat your exterior communal spaces – like your porch and your deck –to a nice cleaning. Seal your deck with special staining and scrub your porch area until it shines. This will preserve its natural life and will improve its curb appeal.
Basic home maintenance will keep your house operating at full capacity while looking as new as the day you purchased it. Don’t skimp on maintenance because you think you can’t afford it – most of these tips are affordable and can be done over two or three days. Your home and wallet will thank you.
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