Get Your Home Ready for Fall…

by Mike on July 27, 2012

It feels like summer just started, but now is a good time to start thinking about preparing your home for winter.  It can be easier to both schedule and complete these projects in the summer when contractors are usually more available, and the weather is more cooperative.  As temperatures fall, your home will require additional maintenance to maintain itself through the winter months, so why not start early and save?

Keep Me Warm

The first thing you want to look at is your furnace.  You need to make sure it works so that you can keep warm in the cold winter months.  You can call a HVAC professional to inspect your furnace, but some utilities also offer the service free of charge.

If you have a fireplace, make sure that your fireplace is ready.  There is nothing worse than having to chop firewood in subzero temperatures (unless you find it soothing, like one of my neighbors said last year).  Make sure that your chimney is cleaned out and ready to go, and that you have an ample supply of firewood.  One trick to consider is using John Deere Skid Steer Loaders with a claw front so that you can easily move firewood around your yard.

Check the Exterior Doors

Next, you need to make sure that you check all your exterior doors and windows.  You don’t want to be losing your precious heat through any gaps.  Look for cracks and other air leaks, and seal them with caulk or sweeps.  If you have summer screens, you should put them away and put up glass replacements or storm windows, if you have them.

Check the Roof and More

Finally, you need to check the roof.  You want to make sure that there was no ice damage from the previous years, and that your flashing is still good.  You want to replace any worn out tiles or shingles, and clean out the gutters so that they drain properly away from the house.  Fall leaves can clog them up, and make the useless when you need them.

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