Fall Home Maintenance – Start Now!

Fall Home maintenance – Start Now!

shutterstock_115567654Let the count down begin – the official start of fall is only four days away, on September 23. For some areas, it may already feel like fall with blustery winds and quickly falling temperatures. But before fall settles in and winter comes, it’s important to make sure your home is ready to weather whatever the seasons may bring.

For those in colder climates, making sure your furnace is working properly will save both headache and money this winter. A furnace in good working condition will have lower energy bills than one in need of repair. Call a reputable heating and cooling company to inspect and clean the furnace, Cleaning or replacing the filter will also keep the air in your home cleaner and make the furnace more efficient. If you have a fireplace, have the chimney cleaned and inspected before the first use.

Downspouts and gutters will be another area of concern this fall. As trees shed their leaves, they can block gutter systems and cause ice dams when snow falls. This means overflow water from rain or melting snow runs over gutters, causing exterior and interior damage to homes. Make sure gutters are kept clear with regular cleaning or guards.

While you’re cleaning your gutters is a great time to inspect your home’s roof for missing shingles, damaged flashing, or anything else that could cause a problem during rain or snow. If you don’t feel safe doing it yourself, hire a reputable roofing company to do the inspection and make any repairs. Also check your home’s exterior – including window and door seals – for any damage that could cause an issue.

Gasoline left in tanks long term loses its volatile components, especially in extreme cold. After the last time you maintain your lawn for the season, run all gas-powered equipment until the tank is empty. Your equipment will be easier to start in spring, and flammable liquids aren’t being stored over the winter.

Keeping your home in working order can not only save you from expensive repair bills this fall, but also help it retain its value!