Whether you have already enjoyed summer in your new house or have just moved in, you will definitely want to do a few things to get your home ready for the cooler months before fall hits. These maintenance tips will ultimately help you save money and can even prevent future damage. Keep your home in prime condition, and you will be able to enjoy it for years to come.
Get Your Furnace Ready
Hire a furnace or HVAC repair person to perform annual maintenance on your unit long before you plan to turn it on. Once the cooler temperatures hit, these professionals will be quite busy helping those who waited too long to discover that their furnaces did not work properly. A simple checkup should not cost more than $100 but will give you peace of mind for the upcoming season. While you are at it, change your furnace filter as well.
Seal Your Doors and Windows
A tube of caulk and a roll of weather-stripping can keep your home toasty during the colder months and can save money on heating bills. Go around the outside of your home and caulk up any cracks you see, such as those around wires and pipes that lead into the home and between siding and trim. Replace cracked or cheap weather-stripping on windows and doors.
Turn off Outdoor Water Systems
You will want to remove hoses and sprayers from your outdoor spigots as well as turn off the water supply to outdoor faucets. Hoses can swell and burst, sprayers can crack and pipes leading outdoors can freeze and crack, which can lead to costly repairs and plenty of flooding in the spring. In addition, be sure to have your sprinkler systems turned off and blown out by a professional, particularly if you live where temperatures go below freezing.
Check out Your Roof
You can check your roof yourself for missing or broken shingles. These should be replaced immediately. You will also want to check for moss or lichen buildup that can lead to decay and for any sagging in your roof. Snow can cause additional weight and moisture that could cause your roof to buckle. Contractors like Odyssey Contracting and similar businesses can give you more in-depth advice about the state of your roof.
Be sure not to neglect these items simply because you do not want to put any time or effort into maintenance. While it may be tempting to hope that everything will work fine throughout the fall and winter, you may find yourself with costly repairs on your hands should you fail to prep your home and yard for colder temperatures. Instead, after a few simple jobs, you can enjoy a warm and worry-free cold-weather season.