by Dave Koszegi
on Friday, September 21st, 2018 at 11:56am.
When it comes to taking care of your home, the old adage always seems to ring true; “there’s no better time than the present!”
Early fall is the ideal time to begin preparing your home for fall - before it actually arrives! These early days of autumn are an excellent time to take care of big home repair projects before shorter days (and in many areas, ice and snow) make outdoor work too difficult. We also suggest taking a look at how you can improve the energy efficiency throughout your home, and prevent damage from winter storms with proper tree care.
Here are our tips to get your home’s interior AND exterior in tip-top condition before the colder season, so you can rest easy knowing your home is buttoned-up and ready for winter!
Before you close up your house and turn on the heat for the first time this year, we strongly suggest you make a point to check all of your safety devices to ensure that they work properly. Replace your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector batteries, and look at the expiry date on your fire extinguisher. Yes, they expire! After all, ‘tis the season for candles, baking, and lingering around the fireplace - and these kinds of activities can quickly lead to accidents.
Have Your Furnace Maintained
If you wait until the cold snap to call your local HVAC service, chances are they could be busy on service calls! Ensure that your furnace is functioning optimally ahead of time, and catch any small problems before larger ones arise. Plus, to avoid having your furnace working overtime, be sure to check for any drafts around your home - this can help you save BIG on your energy bills this fall season.
Check Your Roof
Look for any drafts around your home and invest in insulation to close these up - drafts cause your furnace to work overtime to heat your home, which costs you money! Also, it’s important to check your roof for problems before cold weather hits. Check for loose shingles and make any necessary repairs before fall and winter begins.
Clean Your Gutters and Downspouts
You’ll want to tackle this one once the leaves have already fallen. Clogged gutters during rainstorms can cause water to pool and will cause damage to your roof or siding. If you’re not confident on a ladder or have any kind of mobility issues, please hire a helper. Safety first, always!
Care for Your Trees, Shrubs and Flower Beds
Any dead branches or decaying limbs on the trees of your property? Call your landscaping service to have them removed. In case of a wind storm or snowstorm, these can prove to be hazardous - especially when they’re loaded with snow! After your first rake of fallen leaves, spend some time trimming branches to keep your trees healthy for the remainder of the year. To protect your flower beds over the colder months to come, consider adding a layer of mulch.
Completing these autumn home maintenance essential tasks will help ensure that your home is set up for a safe, enjoyable and cost-effective fall season!