With the cooler temperatures and the trees turning color, it’s time to think about getting your home ready for fall. There are a few things that you can do up front to save you from spending extra money in the future.
1. Keep all gutters clean – with all the leaves falling, it’s very important to keep all debris out of the gutters. I get calls all the time from home owners who find water in the basement only to track the cause back to plugged gutters.
2. Have your furnace serviced and cleaned – Not only will you be ensuring your family’s safety, but you will be increasing the efficiency and life of your furnace.
3. Check your smoke detectors – better safe than sorry.
4. Replace worn out weather stripping – it will keep your heating bills lower.
5. Fill cracks in concrete and sidewalks – to prevent winter freeze and thaw cycles. Make sure to use a pliable, soft concrete caulking to avoid future issues.
6. Check the exterior – make a quick trip around the exterior of the home and caulk any areas needing attention. Siding can soak up water like a sponge if not cared for properly.
7. Make a visual inspection of the shingles – if you have curling or missing shingles, now is the time to replace them to prevent roof leakage over the winter.
8. Have your sprinkler system blown out – not doing so can cause major damage if one of the pipes freezes and breaks.
9. Prepare your fireplace – if you have a woodburning fireplace, make sure to remove old ashes and have the damper checked.
10. Hit the deck – give the deck a fresh coat of sealer if needed before it starts to snow.
If you’re thinking of selling your home this fall, give me a call for a free market value report!
Sioux Falls, SD
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