Summer days are fleeting my friends, it’s time to soak up every last minute before the hustle and bustle of fall arrives. Take advantage of the extra daylight and start preparing your home for the fall and winter season.

  1. SERVICE, CLEAN AND STORE YOUR LAWN MOWER
    • There’s nothing worse than equipment that doesn’t work when you need it most. Be ahead of the game for spring and get the lawn mower serviced and cleaned before storing away for the season.
  2. REMOVE AND DRAIN WATER SYSTEMS
    • Freezing water can cause a lot of damage. Water left in interior pipes, irrigation lines or valves will expand and cause them to split or burst. Make sure garden hoses and sprinkler systems have been drained and/or removed before cold weather arrives.
  3. CHECK EXTERIOR WINDOWS
    • Help reduce the heat bill and check exterior windows for leaks. Did you know that caulk needs to be replaced every 5 years or so?
  4. CLEAN OUT THE GUTTERS
    • Gunked-up gutters can lead to a whole list of problems like a leaky roof or even a home to pests, rodents or mold. For best practice, clean out the gutters every fall and spring.
  5. CHECK YOUR FURNACE
    • Fall furnace maintenance ensures safety, can lower utility bill, prevents from costly repairs and prolongs the life of your system. Be sure to change the filter and clean out vents. Check the thermostat for proper operation and check for gas leaks.
  6. PRUE PLANTS AND LANDSCAPING
    • Did you know that plants and shrubs should be at least 3 feet from your house? When plants, shrubs or trees are too close, moisture can get trapped in the roofing and siding causing costly damage.
  7. CHECK THE FIREPLACE
    • Fireplaces are so nice is the cooler months and need some extra attention every fall. First, open the damper and look up into the flue to make sure it’s free of bird’s nests, branches, leaves, etc. Then you’ll want to check over the bricks and see if any are cracked or missing. The creosote buildup should be cleaned out every other year.
  8. FERTILIZE THE LAWN
    • The best time of year to fertilize the lawn is in the fall, approximately 3 weeks before the last mowing of the season. This allows for a spurt of growth in the spring.
  9. PREP FOR SNOW
    • I know we don’t want to talk about it, but it’s time to plan for snow. Pull out the snow blower and double check it was serviced last spring. Then take the time to stake out paths that run near gardens or landscaping so you don’t accidentally suck up a rock or edging when moving snow.
  10. INSPECT EXTERIOR PAINT
    • If paint is looking rough in the fall, the current failure will get much worse over winter. Exterior paint lasts approximately 7-10 years, so if it’s be awhile, give us a call for a free estimate.
  11. CHECK GROUT AND CAULK JOINTS
    • Take some time to look over grout and caulk joints in the shower and bathtubs. Small leaks will slowly deteriorate the subfloor of your home.

 

 

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