Every season comes with seasonal repairs. Fall is the time to prepare for freezing temperatures and snow accumulation. The insides and exterior of your house as well as your lawn need to be maintained and ready to meet the coming cold. Proper maintenance in the fall can save on monthly bills and prevent potential repair charges. Hiring a home inspector is good way to catch destructive problems, such as loose shingles, that need attention. Below is helpful guide on creating a home that is ready for the winter and ready for the years to come.

 

Outside

Up High

Fall is the best time to investigate and repair any loose shingles. Making sure a roof is well maintained will save a lot of time and money through prevented damages. On average, shingles are replaced every 15 to 20 years. While up there, making sure the chimney is clear of debris. Even inspect for uninvited squatters, such as squirrels, birds and raccoons. Having a clean chimney will help prevent potentially deadly fumes and fires from spreading into your home. You could even have it swept for extra security. Similar to the chimney, make sure gutters are clear of anything that could cause a potential clog. It’s important that downspouts are working properly and moving water freely in order to prevent unwanted ice and snow buildup. Clogged gutters allow snow to pile up and sit, causing roof damage and even massive leaks that are expensive to repair.

Down Low

After bringing any warm weathered plants inside, fall is the best time to plant perennials, such as Shasta daisies and iris. Evergreen plants, trees and shrubs, also, do really well when planted during this time. You could even plant a small vegetable garden of cauliflower, spinach, mustard and chives. Keeping those newly planted evergreens healthy, fall is the best time to fertilize a thirsty yard. Be sure to move any furniture that may be damaged by the winter weather indoors. This includes making sure that bird baths and other water holding containers are empty to avoid cracks from freezing. It’s, also, important to paint or seal any exposed woodwork. This could be doors, decks or porches. Sealing a deck or re-painting a door will preserve years of its lifespan. Decks should be sealed every two to four years with water sealer and saving the can will save you some money in following years.

 

Inside

Insulation

Preventing air leaks is the best way to save money on your electric bill and keep your heating system running at top efficiency. Windows should be checked for cracks at seal. These gaps can be filled with caulking and plastic window coverings can provide extra protection. Especially great for single pane windows, window coverings provide extra insulation to keep both warm and cold air where they’re supposed to be.

Heat & Water

It’s not the most enjoyable maintenance responsibility, but running the furnace for a day to check for potential problems is a necessary fall responsibility. Catching problems early will save both you and the repairman a lot of grief. Fixing a problem in warm weather is always more enjoyable than standing outside in freezing temperatures. It is recommended that furnaces be serviced once a year and have their filters replaced three to four times a year. This will help keep them running at top efficiency, which will save you money on both bills and repairs. Fall is the prime time to have furnaces checked over and given a new filter. To make sure that hot water runs all winter, it’s vital to winterize pipes in the fall. This will save you a lot of hassle and make sure your water still runs even when the power doesn’t. The tools needed to winterize pipes can be found at home improvement stores and are easy to use. You can choose to cover all your pipes or just the ones that are more exposed and more likely to freeze.

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