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Fall Into Home Ownership
Some of the things we look forward to most about fall are sweaters, colorful leaves and all things pumpkin. Preparing your home for cooler weather may not be at the top of your list but it is important. Whether you're getting ready to hunker down for winter, or list your house for sale, here are some tasks from Homes.com that you should consider doing before the snowfall sets in.
Clean out your gutters. Leaves and other gunk can accumulate over the course of the year and if left, it can cause the gutters to clog, which causes the water to overflow. This can cause damage to your home. When your gutters overflow it will run down your house and puddle at the foundation. This can cause structural damage as well as cosmetic damage. Cleaning your gutters a couple times a year will prevent these issues from occurring.
Drain outdoor faucets. If you do not have a freeze-proof outdoor faucet, you will need to drain it before the temperature reaches freezing to prevent your pipes from cracking. You can also insulate it to protect it from the cold temperatures.
Clean the fireplace and chimney. In wood burning fireplaces, creosote can form on the inside of your chimney. Left uncleaned, the chimney will clog, causing smoke to fill your home instead of escaping through the chimney. Cleaning your chimney is likely something you will have to hire a professional to do. Make sure they are certified, knowledgeable and do a thorough job.
Inspect your furnace. We all know we need to periodically change the furnace filter, but we also need to be having yearly inspections to make sure our heating and cooling systems are up to the task. Without proper maintenance, the system can leak deadly carbon monoxide, be less efficient, or stop working all together. There is another job that is best left in the hands of a professional. A yearly visit should be less than $100 and is well worth the peace of mind and a warm, cozy house.
Check for drafts and leaks. What is the point of having a working furnace if all your warm air is leaving through cracks in your home? Check your house for places where warm air might be escaping. Common places are windows, doors, attics, electrical outlets, dryer vents and anywhere pipes enter your home. Some of the ways to fix these leaks include caulk, foam gaskets (for electrical outlets), plastic film for windows, weather stripping around doors and extra insulation in your attic.
Check your roof. Rain and snow are not your friend if you have problems with your roof. Have your roof inspected and checked for leaks, missing shingles, rotted areas and make sure the flashing is intact. If any of these are an issue, get it fixed before the moisture does more expensive damage to your home.
Apply a fall fertilizer. Don't forget about your lawn! A fertilizer rich in nitrogen will help your grass recover from the summer stress and help it be its healthiest come spring.
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