If your a homeowner time to start thinking about Fall and Winter. That’s right winter will be here before you know it and hopefully, you will already have these things taken care and can think about the Holidays instead. It really is a great time to take care of big home repair projects before shorter days, cold weather and eventually, ice and snow come.
Trust us, take some time this fall to boost energy efficiency throughout your home, and prevent damage from winter storms now. Get these items off your list and you can rest easy knowing that your home and yard are ready for winter.
1. Look at the Health of Your Trees
“The most important maintenance for a homeowner to do in the fall would be trimming [the] dead out of trees,” says Bryan Gilles, owner, and arborist at Arbor Doctor. In the fall your tree’s growth slows down so it’s a great time to check the health of the tree. It’s important not only for the health and beauty of your trees but also to prevent damages from falling trees and limbs during winter storms and ice. This can be the most costly thing to neglect and with a clogged gutter. Look for signs that your tree is healthy and disease free.
2. Take Care of Your Gutters
It’s easy to know when a limb or tree falls but clogged gutters can cause unnoticed water damage that left unattended can keep going until it damages your roof and even could get into your walls. Make sure your gutters are clean and not clogged or put on some type of gutter protection. If your gutters are dropping/saggy this could be a sign of water damage to the fascia board under your gutters and should be checked.
3. Look For Any Damage
Take a walk around your property, looking for signs of damage to the roof, siding, and foundation. If you spot anything that needs repair, schedule it before winter weather hits.
4. Seal Gaps Where Critters Could Enter.
Mice need only a tiny gap to be able to sneak into your house and raid your pantry — and with colder weather coming, all of the little critters out there will be looking for warm places to make a home. Fill small holes and cover any larger gaps securely with heavy-duty hardware cloth to keep the wildlife outdoors.
5. Shut Off All Exterior Facets & Houses
Protect your pipes from freezing temperatures by shutting off water to exterior faucets before the weather dips below freezing. Drain hoses and store them indoors. Also, add heat tape or insulation around your pipes under your house if it doesn’t already have any.
6. Schedule Chimney Cleaning &/Or HVAC Checkup
Many people wait until it gets really cold to check their heating when everyone is very busy. Get yours checked now and maybe even get a discount.
7. Window Replacements
According to Forbes in an article “The Most Rewarding Fall Home Improvement Projects” window replacements could be up to an 80% Return on investment. Bad, old, leaky windows can cause high electric bills to come winter.
If you need any home improvements Wize Home Direct will be happy to come out and give you a free estimate on them. Call 828-212-0580.