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