Preparing your home for autumnal weather is important, but it shouldn’t be a
daunting task. From furnace inspections to landscaping and checking insulation,
giving your home a quick once over can prevent a costly repair down the road.
Use these five steps to prep your home for Fall and it will be smooth sailing
all the way to Winter!

Professional Furnace Inspection

This will help limit your long term costs as well as minimize the health
risks to your family. More than half of sudden furnace failures result from a
lack of regular maintenance. Taking care of problems as soon as they arise will
also help prolong the life of your furnace, saving you money in the long run.
A heating contractor will be able to diagnose any issues or failures in
your furnace well before they become a danger to your home or family.

Common health hazards, such as carbon monoxide leaks, can easily be
diagnosed by a professional. While this may seem like a trivial issue, nearly
15,000 people are hospitalized each year as a direct result of carbon monoxide
poisoning.

Check Batteries in Safety Devices

If your furnace inspector somehow misses a carbon monoxide leak, you’ll be
glad to have a carbon monoxide detector installed in your home. Be sure to
check the batteries in all your home’s smoke detectors and carbon monoxide
monitors each year.

Check for Gaps or Leaks on Your Home’s Exterior

Double check the edges of windows and doors to make sure that the
weather-stripping/caulk is in good condition. Fill in any cracks or gaps with
new materials. Inspect your siding, looking closely for any holes. Also check
your roof, looking carefully for any damaged shingles, corrosion, gaps or
leaks. Even if it seems like a small flaw, it’s better to take care of it
before the winter weather hits. These steps will help prolong the life of your
roof as well as minimize the possibility of structural damage due to trapped
moisture.

Drain Unused Pipes and Hoses

If you live in a cold climate, it is important to make sure to drain any
pipes and hoses that will be unused during the winter. Have your sprinkler
system serviced and drained, turn off all of your outside faucets, and drain
and store any hoses you left outside. Unused pipes are likely to freeze and burst
during cold weather, causing an extra expense and a headache for everyone
involved.

Prepare Your Landscaping

Check nearby trees for any dead or damaged limbs that might fall on your
power lines, home or shed. Trim back any overgrown bushes or trees and start
planning for your spring landscaping; many types of bulbs need to be planted
during the fall. Any weather-sensitive potted plants should be brought inside
to protect them from the impending cold weather.

These tips will help preserve the value of your home, making it easier to
market once you’re ready to sell. When you decide that it’s time, give me a
call and I’ll help you get started.

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