Cool fall breezes and cold winter months will be here before we know it! When it comes to your home, it is always best to be mindful of necessary upkeep with every changing season. Even though fall isn’t here quite yet, now is a good time to be proactive about keeping your home protected.
Here’s a basic checklist to get you going:
-Roof: Inspect your roof for missing, loose, or damaged shingles. Repair the ones that need it to keep the cold and precipitation out.
-Gutters and Downspouts: Clear these of leaves and debris and check them for proper alignment. You want to make sure water can flow through and that it drains away from your home and foundation.
-Plumbing: If you have leaks or you’ve noticed plumbing issues, get them checked out and winterize the pipes that are exposed to the outdoors.
-Trees: Winter means snow, ice, and weight on your trees. Inspect your property for damaged branches and cut back limbs to at least 2 feet from your roof line.
-Heat: Inspect your furnace, water heater, and air ducts. If you notice any issues, now is the time to have them fixed. It’s also a good time to switch out your air filters.
-Windows: Check for cracks, gaps, damaged trim, and broken glass. All of these can let the heat out and the cold in. Caulk, weather strip, and repair where needed. The same goes for doors.
-Detectors: Cooler months mean the heat is on and the fire is roaring, so you should check and replace the batteries in the smoke and carbon dioxide detectors that keep you safe.
-Fire Extinguisher: As with detectors, this is the perfect time to test your fire extinguisher to see if it needs to be replaced or recharged.
-Fireplace: Check for soot build-up and schedule a chimney sweep if you haven’t had one in a while.
-Stock up: Ice and snow also mean power line issues. Make sure you have working flashlights in your house just in case.
-Attic: A quick look around the attic can reveal moisture or leaks that you may not have noticed from the outside. Have these fixed where necessary.
-Basement: The same tips for the attic also apply here.