Fall is a beautiful time of year. The air is cool and crisp, and the leaves are changing colors. As homeowners, it can also be a very busy time of year! Take advantage of the moderate weather to repair any damages to your home before the first hard frost sets in.
Taking the time to care for the exterior of your home in the fall will help your home remain in top shape through the winter. Check the foundation for cracks. If you have cracks in your foundation, repair them before it’s too late. Applying fresh caulk around windows, doorframes, and where pipes and wires enter your home can help prevent heat from escaping in the colder months. Install storm windows and doors and remove screens. Check exterior walls for peeling or blistering paint. If left untreated, this can cause the siding itself to deteriorate. Ensure your roof is in good shape. If there are some missing or loose shingles, get them repaired or replaced!
Interior maintenance is just as important. Properly sealing and insulating your home can save you up to 10% on your annual energy bill. Applying weather stripping and caulk to windows and doors is a simple way to help keep the heat in and the cold out – and don’t forget about the basement windows! Have your heating system checked by a licensed HVAC contractor. Properly maintained heating systems use fuel more efficiently, last longer, and have fewer problems. Change the rotation direction of your ceiling fans to redistribute warm air from the ceiling. Test the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and keep extra batteries on hand in case you need to change them.
Now that the house is taken care of, it’s time to move back out into the yard. Prepare your yard equipment for storage by draining the fuel from all gas-operated equipment. Check to see if all your snow-removal equipment is in proper working order and ready for the first snowfall. Drain garden hoses and store them inside, and shut off and protect outdoor water valves to keep them from freezing. Take some time to organize your garage. Clean and store your summer garden tools, and move your rakes, gloves, and winter equipment within easy reach.
Keeping up with home maintenance is important! This is just a short list of maintenance items that you should complete during the fall. And call Kamm Insurance Group to review your homeowners insurance policy so you know your home is fully protected for the next season!