Fall home maintenance tips

bigstock-Halloween-Entry-987680Watching the leaves from the window of my home office, I’m reminded that this is a good time to get my home ready for winter. Of course, I plan to have help with that (hint, hint, Merle), but here are some of the things on our fall home maintenance “to do” list:

  • Seal cracks and gaps around windows and doors with weather-stripping and caulk to save energy and preserve heat inside your home.
  • Replace dirty furnace filters.
  • Do a fall safety check by testing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Check your roof for loose, damaged or missing shingles, leaky vents or other problems that could grow worse over the winter.
  • Schedule a fall check-up for your furnace to be sure it’s ready when you need it.
  • Have your fireplace cleaned and remove soot and other build-up, so it is safe for fall and winter use.
  • Clean gutters and downspouts, so they won’t get clogged in the soggy months to come.
  • Drain outside faucets and irrigation system, if you have one, to prevent pipes from leaking and freezing.
  • Trim dead branches from trees to prevent them from falling and doing damage during storms.
  • Rake fall leaves to use for compost or mulch.

By spending a little time and money now, we can be sure our home and its systems are ready for winter. Merle and I will be ready. Will you?

 

About Marti Reeder

I am a full-time, full-service REALTOR® for John L. Scott, Kent-Covington, Washington. Serving primarily the South Puget Sound, my goal is to provide my clients with first class service and to make the home buying or home selling process as simple as possible.

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