According to Pillar to Post Home Inspectors, now is the ideal time to get your home in shape before winter rolls in. Getting your home winter ready doesn't mean you have to wait until winter to do it!
Here are the top 5 must do's for fall home maintenance:
- Seal it up: Caulk and seal around exterior door and window frames. Look for gaps where pipes or wiring enter the home and caulk those as well. Not only does heat escape from these openings, but water can enter and may eventually cause structural damage and mould problems.
- Look up: Check the roof for missing or damaged shingles. Winter can cause serious damage to a vulnerable roof, leading to a greater chance of further damage inside the home. Although you should always have a qualified professional inspect and repair the roof, you can do a preliminary survey from the ground as well.
- Clear it out: Clear gutter troughs of leaves, sticks and other debris. Consider installing leaf guards if your gutters can accommodate them - they are real time savers and can prevent damage from clogged gutters.
- No hose: In climates with freezing weather, drain garden hoses and sore them indoors to protect them from the elements. Shut off outdoor faucets and make sure exterior pipes are drained of water. Faucets and pipes can easily freeze and burst, causing leaks and potentially serious water damage.
- Warm up time: Have the furnace inspected to ensure it's safe and in good working order. Most utility companies will provide no-cost inspections, but there can often be a long waiting list come winter. Replace disposable furnace air filters or clean the permanent type according to manufacturer's instructions. Using a clean filter will help the furnace run more efficiently, saving you money and energy.