Fall is upon us and there are five things you can do to prepare your home for the colder weather.
1. Examine your roof, gutters, and downspouts. Your roof is often forgotten about because it’s not at eye-level — out of sight, out of mind. Check the flashing around the chimney and look for any openings in the roof, especially around skylights.
2. Change the filters in your home. Most people are aware of HVAC filters but you may also have filters for your stove, vents, dryer, or fans. Clean filters keep your appliances in working order longer.
3. Prepare your fireplace. Gas log fireplaces are the most common these days, but some homeowners still have traditional wood-burning fireplaces. You need to get these serviced by a qualified professional at regular intervals.
4. Have your garden tools serviced. Sharpen the blades on your lawn mower and trimmer. If you need new garden tools, you may get a great deal by buying some in the fall.
5. Take care of your lawn needs. Aerate the lawn and apply fertilizer to prepare for the cold weather and long winter months. Blow out those sprinklers, too.
By taking care of these things now, you will beat the spring rush by making repairs at the end of the season. If you need any recommendations on who to work with, let me know and I’ll send you a list of vendors.
If you have any questions about preparing your home for colder weather or about the real estate market, just give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!
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