Fall Home Maintenance: Preparing For The Next Season
By: Ian Golightly MBA, Realtor
Table Of Contents:
- 1. Do An Energy Audit
- 2. Replace Storm Windows If Needed
- 3. Stow The Lawn Mower
- 4. Spruce Up The Furnace
- 5. Invest In Gutter Guard
- 6. Small Exterior Fixes Can Make An Impact
Now that Autumn is here, it is time to start getting ready for the upcoming colder months. Fall is the perfect time to do the small things when it is not cold outside that could significantly impact your home and wallet. Here are just a few things to keep in mind that every homeowner should be doing for Fall home maintenance:
Do An Energy Audit:
Performing an audit is very crucial for every homeowner and critical during Fall home maintenance. Having an audit done will allow you to know if there are leaks around the home. If there are leaks, you’ll need to correct them as soon as possible so your utility expense will not increase. If you plan to do the audit yourself, make sure you create a list of all the air leaks. Most air leaks can be closed with caulking or weatherstripping.
Replace Storm Windows If Needed:
It is always best to have energy-efficient storm windows, and they should be installed before it gets cold. Some storm windows will allow you to pull the screen out. If your windows will enable you to do that, give them a good cleaning and then place them in a nice storage area, so no damage is done to your screens.
Stow The Lawn Mower:
Now that the cold months are approaching, it is time to think about how you will stow your lawnmower. Before you say your seasonal goodbyes to your mower, here are the top two things that you should do:
- Sharpen the blade
- Empty gas tankDoing these steps will not only prepare you for the following season but will also help promote the longevity of the mower.
Spruce Up The Furnace:
Not all heating systems are alike and installed. If no one has adequately maintained the furnace, it may be running 50% less efficiently, which may result in a high bill from your service provider. One of the most manageable tasks that can be done is replacing a dirty filter. Having a filter replacement should decrease heating costs and inversely increase the life span of your furnace. It’s always best to call a professional who can make any adjustments to your furnace if needed.
This is highly recommended for a Fall home maintenance task since the St. Louis area can have cold to negative temperatures during the Winter season.
Invest In Gutter Guard:
Many homeowners forget about their gutters’ primary role, so it is easy for homeowners to not do anything with them during their Fall home maintenance. The importance of having gutters is to protect your property by diverting rain somewhere else. Keeping your gutters clean is a quick solution to a possible permanent severe problem. Having the gutters clean and clear is essential, so no potential damage to your home can occur. One way to keep your gutters clean and to stop cleaning them over and over again is to have gutter guards installed. Installation can be a great weekend project. The upfront cost should save you time and money in the future.
Small Exterior Fixes Can Make A Impact:
Doing a few simple things to the outside of your home can make a massive difference in the upcoming months. Trees that are currently a nuisance will be a nuisance after winter. The quickest thing that you can do is to prune your trees and keep them trimmed.
Also, sealing your driveway is a great preventive measure for Fall home maintenance. Also, keep an eye out for having mulch used directly next to your home. Mulch is an invitation for termites that can create issues later down the road.
Overall, Fall home maintenance is not the most exciting thing to do. However, it is preventive measures that can save you money in the long run. Since Spring will be approaching after Winter, that is the time for homes to go on the market. If you are thinking about putting your home on the market in the Spring, contact us to get you ready.