Autumn is here and with the beginning of each new season comes a checklist for home maintenance. The LCT Team of real estate experts has compiled a list to help make sure your home is in tip-top shape for fall.
Fall Home MaintenanceTips
When transitioning from summer to fall, it is a good idea to do a visual check on the exterior of your home while testing your safety equipment as well when you change your clocks!
#1 Clean Gutters, Down Spouts
As the leaves begin to fall, your gutters begin to get clogged. Making sure they’re clean can stop water pooling on your roof and siding, therefore stopping damage.
#2 Check Exterior For Repairs
Take a walk around your home and check for any exterior repairs that need to be made. Look for damage to your roof, siding and foundation. Making these repairs before winter hits will be better in the long run.
#3 Update Weather Stripping
Applying weather stripping around your windows and door frames keeps the warm in and the cold out. It also helps to cut energy costs and adding door sweeps to the base of your doors can get rid of drafts.
#4 Clean Fire Place And Dryer Vents
If you like a cozy, wood-burning fire, be sure you are cleaning your chimney. And, many times, the same company which cleans chimneys can inspect your dryer vent.
Over time, lint builds up in dryer vents, causing your dryer to work less efficiently and can even cause a fire. Cleaning out your ducts will guarantee a quicker working dryer and a decreased chance of fire.
#5 Test Safety Devices
Checking your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors is a simple way to keep your home maintained. Test them to make sure they’re working properly and/or replace the batteries as needed. We also recommend checking the expiration date on your fire extinguisher and replacing it if needed.
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