Summer’s end triggers thoughts about the coming months when weather changes cause additional stress on your home’s external structures and internal systems. Homeowners can use the cooler days of fall to do a thorough inspection and minor repairs that will help to keep your home cozy and secure throughout the winter months.
In the fall, take a walk around the perimeter of your home and check the condition of the foundation. Take note of any large cracks, missing pieces or water stains. These signs can indicate a potential water problem in your basement. Consult a reputable foundation contractor for advice about repairs.
Roof & Gutters
Your roof system may have sustained damage from spring and summer storms. A thorough inspection in the fall will allow you to find minor problems and repair them before winter snowfall and ice buildup causes larger roofing issues. Also ensure that your gutter system is well maintained so that it is ready to carry water from snowmelt away from your home’s foundation.
And if you're not comfortable climbing up on your roof, go ahead and call a professional. They know exactly what to look for.
Winter moisture and frigid winds can cause severe stress on your home’s exterior surface. Do a thorough inspection of your home’s exterior walls and siding each fall to find problems areas. You may find small amounts of lost paint or siding intrusions that require repair before the harsh winter weather causes further damage.
Window & Door Seals
A close inspection of both the exterior and interior areas around doors and windows can reveal gaps that should be carefully sealed before winter arrives. These areas can admit moisture that undermines your home’s construction materials.
The time you spend caulking and sealing these areas of your home will help prevent unpleasant drafts in your home’s interior. In addition, heat loss from these gaps around doors and windows can cost hundreds of dollars in additional energy costs so doing the easy repairs now can save you a lot of money on your energy bills.
Porch or Deck Repair
Fall is also a good time to carefully inspect your home’s porch or deck to ensure that it is structurally sound for the rigors of winter. Railings should be secure to help support people trying to walk over snow and ice. Loose or rotten boards should be replaced to prevent a sudden collapse.
Every home should receive a heating system inspection to prepare for winter operation. Replacement of worn parts, lubrication of moving parts and other routine maintenance can help to prevent inconvenient breakdowns during the coldest weather. You should also think about getting a cleaning done as a lot of dust and debris can settle in your vents over the summer when you aren't using your furnace.
Storing Lawn & Garden Equipment
Use the pleasant fall days to take in lawn and garden equipment and put outdoor furniture into storage. Proper storage of these materials can help to preserve your investment in these items. Try using a sealed Rubbermaid container to hold cushions from your patio chairs to keep them in better condition.
It may look like a lot but most of these items are about observation and prevention. The more you can prevent, the better your home will be! Now your home will be clean, comfortable and best of all, warm. Isn’t it great to not have to worry about the house?Posted by Terry Paranych on