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Get Your Home Ready For The End of Summer

August 27th, 2014 11:50 AM by Melanie Mitchell - Team Lead/Listing Specialist

Being a homeowner is a wonderful, but large, responsibility. Your house requires a great deal of ongoing maintenance. While this may seem like bad news, the good news is that proper maintenance will save a great deal in the long run.

Start at the top. Check your roof for damage inflicted by summer storms or high winds. Be especially careful to check valleys or areas around chimneys. A leak during heavy fall rainstorms or from melting snow can cause a great deal of damage. If you’re unsure whether your roof needs repair, call a professional.

Trim those trees. Look for branches that are unhealthy or damaged, which may fall during high wind or ice, and cut anything that is a potential danger. Tree branches should be cleared away from the house and all electric wires.

Fill in the holes. Look for any areas that need to be sealed in order to prevent cold air from entering your home. Weather stripping and caulking can save you on energy costs. Replace old insulation for better performance.

Get ready to heat things up. Have your furnace serviced by a professional and change or clean all filters. Preventative maintenance will keep your furnace in good working order and will further help with energy efficiency. If you have a fireplace, have it cleaned before lighting your first fire.

Clean up. Before things get chilly, it’s a great idea to complete those outside chores, such as cleaning windows and garbage cans. Also take the time to vacuum dust from vents, heaters, dryer vents, etc., in order to keep air flowing freely. 

Preparing your home for fall and winter is an important way to secure your largest and most important investment. 

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Posted by Melanie Mitchell - Team Lead/Listing Specialist on August 27th, 2014 11:50 AM

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