Prepare Your Home Now & Save Later
We all wish we could be more organized around the house and do all the seasonal maintenance that the experts suggest – but honestly, who has the time? If something isn’t broken, why fix it? If it doesn’t look horrible, can’t the spruce up wait until next year?
The truth is, home maintenance isn’t just about better functionality and visual appeal – it’s about saving money in the short term and the long run.
Here’s your Fab & Fru fall maintenance checklist – see why a little work now is more than worth it!
Cut Trees & Bushes Back from the House
While you may think cutting back branches can wait until spring, think again. When leaves are off the trees it is much easier to trim them! Cutting back any brush, weeds or branches that contact your house will eliminate possible access points for insects, rodents and rot. In addition, branches and shrubs that are too close too the house often scrape away at your siding during windstorms, and can lead to a cracked window.
Make Quick Exterior Fixes
The cooler weather and falling leaves can cause indoor drafts and clogged gutters. Before it gets too cold outside, seal any cracks in your home where warm air can leak out and cool air can come in. Clean all debris out of your gutters, and rake & bag the leaves in your yard. You want to avoid having piles of leaves sitting around because they can cause ice dams (water build up behind a blockage of ice). Also consider filling in cracks in the driveway or walkways before the cold sets in. They’ll only get worse in damp, harsh weather.
Turn Off Outside Faucets
To avoid a serious plumbing disaster and keep pipes from freezing when it’s cold, turn off exterior faucets and disconnect all hoses. By shutting off the valve or investing in frost-proof faucets, you will help prevent water remaining in the pipes from freezing and expanding, which could cause the pipes to burst!
Switch Ceiling Fan Direction
Save on your heating bill by reversing the direction of your ceiling fan. Running a fan clockwise via a reverse switch will allow it to push down the warm air that rises toward the ceiling. Doing so will allow you to turn down the thermostat a few degrees while staying toasty warm.
Close Seasonal Air Conditioners
Avoid drafts and reduce your heating bill by powering down your air conditioning units. Switch off power, make sure the condensation drain is clear, and clean condenser coils and filters (a vacuum will do). Then cover or remove window units to protect your home from drafts and damage to the units.
Check Heating System
Avoid a pricey, emergency service call by having your heating system checked out and serviced ahead of time. All systems should be serviced once a year. Having your furnace examined and repaired during warmer weather months is way easier (and typically cheaper) when the demand is lower.
Inspect Your Roof
Summer storms may have affected your roof. You should have any small repairs completed now to prevent larger, more expensive problems from developing. Snow, ice and heavy rain can turn a seemingly small issue into a major one. And it is quite dangerous, and sometimes impossible to properly repair a roof in winter weather. Don’t ever put off a roof repair – the results of waiting are never cheap!
Inspect the Chimney and Fireplace
There’s nothing cozier on a cold winter’s night than snuggling by the fireplace. Reduce your risk of an uncontrolled fire by having your chimneys, vents and fireplaces cleaned before you light your first fire of the season. Other items in your home that burn coal, oil, wood or gas should also be cleaned before it’s time to use them as well.
Avoid serious and expensive problems down the line by maintaining your home each season. Trust us, you’ll thank us for it later!