Don’t Fall Into The Trap: Ready Your Home for Winter with Fall Maintenance

Hopefully you rested on Labor Day, because the labors of home ownership never end. Fall is a crucial time for homeowners, because fall maintenance now minimizes the hassles later. Don’t want to deal with backed up gutters during a blizzard? Clean out your gutters now while the winter is warm. Here are some other maintenance projects to tackle now:

• Check your windows and doors. Do a check up on your windows and doors for wear and tear. Fill in holes around windows and doors with caulk. If your window seal is broken, or you question their efficiency, save money on utility bills. Contact a contractor about window replacement.

• Have your chimney inspected. Prevent carbon monoxide build up or a fire.

• Pressure wash your siding. Don’t be the ugly house on the block covered in mold and mildew. Hire a professional to clean your house before it’s too cold to run that pressure washer.

• Have your furnace checked now before it has to work hard. Hire an HVAC technician to do annual maintenance and make sure it’s in top shape. An annual HVAC check up can save you money as well, because heaters not running efficiently run more, costing you more on your utility bills.

• Check your roof for loose or damaged shingles. Summer storms and high winds can wreak havoc on your shingles. If you only have a few damaged shingles, contact a handyman to fix the problem for far less money.

• Test your smoke detectors. Keep your family safe. Change any detectors with low batteries.

If you don’t have time for fall maintenance or are physically unable, contact a contractor for a quote and availability. They’ll get you home ready for the cold temperatures, saving you the hassle, vacation time and lost productivity that comes with fall maintenance.

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