Fall is the perfect time to do a home check-in to ensure everything is in proper working order. And most of these tasks can be done by the average homeowner but even if you choose to use a professional it would be well worth the expense. Prepping your home now will hopefully prevent a bigger issue later.
GET YOUR MIND IN THE GUTTER
Many experts recommend cleaning out your gutters twice a year, once in spring and again in early fall. Gutters are your roof’s drainage system, diverting gallons of water from your home’s exterior and foundation walls. They are also prone to rust and corrosion so it’s important to keep them clean and protected with mesh guards to prevent debris from returning.
WEATHERPROOF TO SAVE ON YOUR MONTHLY BILL
Gaps in caulk and weatherstripping around windows and doors can account for as much as 10% of your heating bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Weatherstripping is a relatively inexpensive way to secure your home for winter and because it can breakdown over time, it’s important to inspect it every so often.
CHECK YOUR ROOF & ATTIC BEFORE PROBLEMS BEGIN
A leaky roof is one of those problems that can keep on giving. Once the dripping starts, it can be challenging (and frustrating!) to find the source of the leak. Stop this problem before it starts by inspecting your roof closely, looking for cracked shingles and wind damage. And be sure to check for damage to metal flashing and around the chimney. An attic is another area where holes and leaks can develop. During the brightest part of the day or a steady rain, look for streams of light or water entering the attic through the roof or sheathing. If left unfixed, these holes can lead to more serious damage (and critter invasions) so it’s best to be on top of it.
REVIVE & REV UP YOUR FURNACE
Experts suggest changing your furnace filter every two, three or six months depending on the size and whether or not you have pets. Furnace filters trap dust and dander, and clogged filters make it difficult to keep your home at a comfortable temperature which can also affect your monthly heating bill.
GIVE YOUR HOUSE AN ANNUAL PHYSICAL
At least once a year, it’s a good idea to do a general house check-up, top to bottom, replacing batteries of smoke and carbon dioxide detectors, checking the pressure gauge on fire extinguishers and cleaning ceiling fans. It is also a good idea to change the ceiling fan’s direction to clockwise which forces warm air down.