Late fall is difficult to distinguish from early winter, so it can be easy to think the time has passed for doing fall home maintenance tasks around the house. However, it’s never too late to ensure your home is in good working order.
If you haven’t yet gotten around to doing fall maintenance jobs, now’s the time – before heavy snowfall, slippery or falling ice, and high winds make the jobs more unpleasant and unsafe.
The shorter days in fall have a way of making people tired and think there’s less time to get these jobs done, but spending a little time making sure your home is in proper condition to take on winter and keep your family safe and warm is worth the effort.
There are some essential tasks that specifically shouldn’t be ignored and should be taken care of each and every fall. Read on to learn the most important fall home maintenance jobs to do.
Get Your Roof Inspected
While not the most exciting part of a house, the roof plays a vital role in protecting your home and everything inside of it. It’s of the utmost importance that it’s in good condition and that anything wrong with it is discovered and addressed before winter precipitation wreaks havoc.
Some will choose to inspect their roof from the street level for signs of damage, but it’s wise to get your roof inspected by a professional. They can fix any missing or broken shingles, check the flashing and ensure there is nothing wrong structurally.
Another benefit of a professional inspection is that they can give you an update on the overall condition of your roof. Roof replacements can be expensive, but if you’re planning to list your Whitby home for sale in the near future, it’s worth ensuring your roof is in good condition and, if not, to consider replacing it. The roof is something people looking for Whitby homes for sale will look at closely before buying, so it could end up costing you either way.
Check Your Furnace
If you haven’t already, turn on your heat, even for just a few minutes, to ensure everything is working smoothly. After months of inactivity, it’s not uncommon for issues to surface when first using your heating system, leading to a surge in calls to HVAC professionals for repairs. Take a few moments to make sure your heating system works and, if not, to make sure you get any issues addressed before you actually do need to turn on the heat.
Seal Air Leaks
Windows and doors are responsible for 25 to 30 percent of residential heat gain and loss. Ensure your heating system won’t have to work overtime, and you won’t have to survive the winter in a drafty home by taking some time to identify air leaks and seal them with caulking or weatherstripping.
Spend some time on these fall home maintenance tasks and rest comfortably knowing your home is ready for winter.
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