You’re already drinking hot cocoa and pumpkin spice lattes, but is your home prepared for the onset of cold weather? Use this checklist of fall home maintenance tips to ensure that your home is as ready as you are for the temperatures to drop.
→ SEALED & SECURED
Using exterior caulk that’s color-matched to your home, seal up any cracks you find between trim and siding or around window and door frames. Sealing these cracks will prevent moisture from getting inside your walls, and prevent air from leaking out.
→ BATTEN DOWN YOUR PIPES
To prevent frozen and burst pipes, it’s important to winterize your exterior plumbing systems. Remove and drain hoses, shut off water supply to exterior faucets, and have a professional shut down your lawn sprinkler system.
→ CLIMB ON TOP OF ROOF REPAIR
Your roof is your first line of defense against heavy snowfall, and leaks from snow melting during the winter, so make sure you schedule an inspection of your roof for any signs of damage or decay. Shingles that are buckling, cracked, or missing should be replaced immediately.
→ TURN UP THE HEAT
Fall is the best time to schedule a preventative furnace inspection from a heating and cooling professional. Having your furnace checked out and tuned up before the cold weather hits will ensure that you stay warm all winter long, and save money on costly repairs!
→ GET INTO THE GUTTER
Save this task for last. Gutters clogged with leaves and other miscellaneous debris can freeze over into ice dams that may cause expensive damage to your home. However, if you clean them out too early in the season, falling leaves will re-accumulate before the first major snowfall.
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