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There is a chill in the air and it's clear fall has finally arrived which means it's now time for some fall maintenance. If you follow a regular plan your home stays a healthy living environment and you save costs by avoiding big "surprise" maintenance issues down the road. As I always say "you pay now or you pay later but either way, you pay".
So grab the kids, some gloves and head outdoors this weekend.
|Check the outdoors|
- Clean out debris from gardens, pots, and areas around the house.
- Clean out gutters and check downspouts and the roof for any signs of leaking.
- Check and repair all exterior caulking. Look around windows, doors, and under the eaves.
- Trim back any limbs or shrubs that are touching the house or roof.
- Inspect and clean windows and install storm windows if you have them.
- Clean out window wells.
- Clean out under decks and porches.
- Drain and cover exterior hose bibs.
- Drain and store hoses before the temperature dips to freezing.
|Check the inside|
- Have the furnace serviced and change the filter.
- Check and replace any worn weather-stripping.
- Check crawl space for any broken ducts, excess moisture or inspects.
- Replace any fallen insulation.
- Check chimney and have it cleaned, if needed.
- Clean the garage and put away equipment no longer needed for this year.
- Find and check snow shovels and snow removal equipment and replace now, if necessary.
- Prepare lawn mower for winter storage after the last mowing.
If you keep your home in good condition with a regular maintenance plan your property will:
- Maintain its property value
- Sell more readily and usually garner a higher price
- Be more comfortable to live in
- Have few expensive repair bills
Until next time,