Your Fall Checklist

    Your Fall Checklist

    Sep 17, 2018

    Fall is the perfect time to do those outside projects you have been meaning to do during those summer months but its been too hot to do. Here is a brief list of projects to improve the functionality of your home and get ready before the snow comes.

    • Clean your gutters: Clogged gutters can lead to damaged exterior surfaces and to water in your basement. They are also more prone to rust and corrosion.
    • Button up your overcoat: home with air leaks around windows and doors is like a coat left unbuttoned. Gaps in caulk and weather-stripping can account for a 10% of your heating bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
    • roof problems: Start by inspecting your roof from top to bottom, using binoculars if necessary. Check ridge shingles for cracks and wind damage. Look for damage to metal flashing in valleys and around vents and chimneys.
    • Chill out: If you live in an area with freezing weather, take steps to ensure that outside faucets (also called sill cocks) and in ground irrigation systems don't freeze and burst.
    • Freshen your filter: Furnace filters trap dust that would otherwise be deposited on your furniture, woodwork, and so on. Clogged filters make it harder to keep your home at a comfortable temperature, and can serious increase your utility bills.
    • Walk the walks: Damaged walkways, drives, and steps are a hazard year round, but their dangers are compounded when the weather turns icy. Fixing problems in the fall is also critical to preventing little problems from becoming expensive headaches.

    Make sure you make a list and check it over on how you can help your home in the long run!