Fall is finally here, but winter will arrive before you know it. With one of the busiest (and coldest) times of year approaching, taking a few moments to check in around your house is worth the effort. This month, we’re sharing our home maintenance checklist to keep your property in prime condition.
1. Seal Foundation Cracks
Caulk any cracks in your foundation. These could include where the brick meets siding materials, entrance points of pipes and wires, as well as around the edges of windows and doors. Not only does this save energy, you’ll also be preventing water damage and mold growth.
2. Inspect the Roof
Identify any loose or missing shingles and repair these areas. Without the proper component, your roof is vulnerable. As the first line of defense for your home, you want to maintain the roof before a problem arises.
3. Clean Gutters
Once the leaves have fallen off the trees, flush your gutters and downspouts. Inspect joints, tightening any brackets along the way.
4. Clear the Yard
Collect leaves, bulbs, and other debris. Drain fuel from gas-powered yard equipment and store it away in the shed. Drain your hose and take it inside. Fill bird feeders.
5. Eliminate Energy Vampires
Seal air leaks in windows and doors with weather stripping and caulk. This can reduce drafts, saving up to 10% on your yearly bill.
6. Schedule a Heating Inspection
Not only should you have a licensed HVAC professional inspect the system, but you should also attend to other heating sources. Wood stoves and fireplaces should be cleaned and inspected.
7. Practice Fire Safety
Every month, you should test batteries in your smoke sector and carbon monoxide detector. Replace the batteries or unit if needed.
Prevention is Your First Line of Defense
We hope this fall home maintenance checklist helps you prioritize the spots around your house that could use some attention. Taking time to handle these issues now can prevent extensive damages and a need for restoration services later.
The Coton House team can provide you with contacts who can help with all of your home maintenance projects throughout the year.