Home Maintenance Checklist: Fall Edition

Published on September 11th, 2015

As the seasons transition, make sure you are ready for the change. 

As fall approaches and thoughts of pumpkins and hayrides fill your mind, make sure you take a proactive approach to homeownership.  By taking action to these simple steps can help make sure your home is prepared for the transition from fall to winter.  Don’t wait; take care of these projects before it is too late.

  1. Clear the gutters.  Before the leaves start to fall make sure your gutters are clear of branches and other debris.  Clogged gutters can cause problems with water drainage which can in turn damage your home’s exterior.  If your gutters aren’t covered then this is a project that you may want to complete a couple of times over the course of the fall.

  2. Clean out the fire place.  Empty out all ash and wood in your fireplace to prepare for the winter.  It also is a good idea to have a chimney cleaner come to double check that your chimney is good to go and that air drafts are prevented for the oncoming chilly months.

  3. Seal cracks in the pavement.  Before the snow hits it is important to seal the cracks in your driveway to prevent water from getting in and expanding the cracks in the winter.  It will save you a lot of trouble come spring time!

  4. Check for drafts.  Prepare for the chilly months ahead by checking and sealing all drafts in your house.  This will save you major on your heating bills as the temperature drops.

  5. Trim dead branches.  Clear out all dead branches hanging from trees before the snow piles up and weighs them down.  This way you can prevent branches from falling and potentially damaging your home.

It is never too early to start preparing your home for the changing seasons. If you have any questions regarding homeownership or financing a home please contact a member of our Housing Buzz Team.

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