It’s a matter of a couple of weeks before we’re in the throes of it: Fall. And if your home operates under a school calendar, day-to-day activities are about to take off. Forethought is what will help you limit stress and make it through this seasonal ramp up – especially when it comes to your home. While you’re out running errands, we can be checking off repairs and seasonal maintenance for your home. Here’s Handyman Matters’s shortlist of preventative home maintenance and repairs for the fall…
- Inspect your Roof
Keep an eye out for summertime debris (Frisbees, footballs, kites) because these are the number one enemy of gutters, and believe you me, they will get stuck. Also, doing a sweep for missing shingles and small leaks on your roof is one of the best preventative measures you can take to avoid costly, wintertime roof damage.
- Repair Exterior Walkways
As leaves and snow begin to cover your walkways, it will be hard for guests to not step on the broken stair, or on the tile that habitually comes loose and falls out. They won’t be able to see the ground, so make sure it’s stable and keep your guests safe.
- Clean Out Vents and Filters
Filters, vents, and air ducts need to be cleaned regularly. First-off because are a fire hazard when they aren’t maintained. Dust heats up and catches fire. Think: heaters, dryers, fans, etc.. Additionally, dust build-up doesn’t just stay put, it will circulate debris throughout your house. Cleaning your home will be all that more difficult if your vents and filters are dispersing dust.
- Clean and Repair Gutters
Effective draining systems protect your home from water damage. Filter upcoming snow, rain, sleet, etc. out and away from your home by having clean, crack-less gutters. You will be able to maintain your home’s paint while simultaneously avoiding wood rot.
- Seal Doorways and Windows
Don’t spend more money than you need to heat your home. Sealing the cracks in your doorways and windows will keep your house cozy and help you go green by being more energy efficient. This may mean swapping out windows, doors, or adding some new sealant and caulk.
- Trim Back Tree Branches
There’s nothing quite like an unexpected snow that causing unruly tree branches to snap. In many scenarios this will mean damage to surrounding property. Trim back branches hanging over walkways, parking spaces, driveways, roofs, or fences – you’ll be glad you did.
Lay the foundation for a productive fall by know your home is repaired, safe, and up to date. Once you have your seasonal home maintenance list together, let us do the rest. For a free estimate on your fall preparations call 866-FIX-MY-HOME.