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Fall Home Maintenance Tips

May 21st, 2014 10:39 AM by Christopher Lear

The tips I’m about to share with you are basically for any time of the year—but here are some of the things you can do that will save you money in the long run.

  • Caulk exterior joints around your windows and doors. Sealing gaps where the wind and cold can seep in could add hundreds of dollars to your heating bills.
  • Have your furnace inspected and cleaned. Annual maintenance is a lot cheaper than a wintertime emergency call if it breaks down.
  • Change your Air filters every few months.
  • Wood burning chimneys – get them cleaned now. Chimney sweeps are not as busy this time of year and their fee may be less expensive than during the wintertime.
  • Gutters and downspouts – clean the gutters and check the caulking.
  • Store your outdoor furniture. Clean it, cover it or store it to maintain its appearance.
  • Trim tree branches and bushes. Walk around your house and if you have any overhanging limbs or bushes, now is the time to trim them. Ice storms are common, and tree limbs my break and ruin your roof. Just try to find a roofer during the winter months!
  • Inspect your roof. Replace any missing shingles. Remove any tree branches that may have fallen during the summer. Remove moss build up.

One last thing. When you bought your home, you probably had a home inspection done at that time. You might want to consider paying for another home inspection every couple of years. They are trained experts who can give you feedback on the little things that need to be fixed—before they become big and expensive problems later.

If you are interested, I know several good home inspectors. Please let me know if you’d like a recommendation.

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Posted by Christopher Lear on May 21st, 2014 10:39 AM