Fall is officially here and our team can’t help but feel excited for all of the fun holidays and activities to follow! Whether pumpkin picking, purchasing Halloween costumes, or baking delicious holiday treats, there are so many fun events and activities to fill the upcoming Autumn months. As the weather continues to turn brisk, now serves as a perfect time to get your home fully prepared for the cooler months ahead. We’ve pulled together some of our favorite Fall maintenance tips that are especially helpful for those who own residences within the city.
Check Your Furnace
Now is the perfect time of year to make your appointment with a heating and cooling professional. You want to ensure that your furnace is working properly, so that you can easily heat your home throughout the chilly months. If your HVAC includes a built-in humidifier, make sure your contractor is checking it and replacing the filter if needed.
Is Your Fireplace Safe?
It’s finally time to light the fireplace! However, it’s crucial to make sure your fireplace is safe to use before you can cozy up with a cup of hot chocolate and a good book. Use a flashlight to look inside the fireplace and up the flue. You’ll want to check that everything looks standard and that the damper is working properly. Look for bird nests, leaves, or anything that could be blocking the opening, and don’t forget to get the chimney properly cleaned! A professional chimney clean is recommended bi-annually, to help get rid of buildup.
Seal Air Leaks
If you have any cracks between your trim and siding be sure to seal those with caulk before the cooler weather sets in. Sealing the cracks can prevent moisture from getting inside your walls. Be sure to pick a warmer day so that the caulk goes on smoothly and has time to dry.
Clean Your Gutters
Once the beautiful months of Autumn start to fade away and all of the leaves have fallen, you’ll want to find some time to clean out your gutters! If your gutters are clogged while it rains, the water can end up causing roof damage. Be sure to clean out all of the leaves and anything else that might have become stuck in your home’s gutters.
Inspect Your Roof
You’ll want to have the roof of your residence inspected before heavy wind storms and snow falls start to occur. Inspect your roof from top to bottom, looking for cracks, wind damage, and missing or curled shingles. If you do see any potential issues, call a professional to advise on the best way to resolve the damage.
Shut Off Exterior Faucets and Hoses
It’s important to protect your pipes from freezing temperatures during the colder months. Drain your hoses and store them away until Spring!
Happy Fall and good luck with getting your home prepped and ready for the cooler months! To learn more about our favorite Fall maintenance tips or for insights on the current state of the real estate market, contact Real Estate With Heart today.