Preparing your home for fall can be time consuming and at times tedious, but it’s worth it when you’re able to sit in your cozy house, with a warm mug of hot chocolate, watching fall leaves fall without worrying about how your home will last through the winter. Your home and family will thank you for the extra effort you put in to preparing your home for the fall. Consider these tips in preparing your home for fall to save money and have a safer winter.
Trim Your Trees
There are different conceptions surrounding when you should trim the trees in your yard. One good rule of thumb to follow is that no matter what the season or type of tree, that trees should be inspected regularly for dead and diseased branches. These are more likely to fall and break and create a hazard or high cost repairs. These types of problems should be dealt with as soon as possible.
Overhanging tree branches are an especial hazard during winter storms, and can cause damage to your home if they are too close. To avoid common types of fungi that can form on trees when you trim them during the fall, trim the trees before autumn sets in to keep hazards away from your home during the winter.
Inspect and Fix Siding
Siding is there to make sure that water and moisture stay out of your house, but if it is damaged it can’t do its job. First, inspect your siding. Have any branches from bushes or trees sneaked into the siding? Are there bugs or other small animals that have taken refuge and damaged the siding? Remember to clean any mildew, dirt, or other debris from the side to help it last.
If there are cracks or other damaged areas, repair these yourself or find a professional that can help you. This will not only help the overall look of your home, but help reduce moisture damage and utility bills.
Strengthen Your Roof
Before fall sets in and wreaks havoc on your roof, inspect and strengthen your roof. Whether you get this done professionally or do it yourself is up to you, but it is best to do before you start feeling the leaks inside your home during a snowstorm. If problems aren’t fixed before the storms, the combination of wind and ice can make small problems much bigger, more costly problems.
While inspecting your roof, look for damaged shingles, flashing or vents. Also check for missing mortar that you can easily patch. Carefully consider what roofing materials you use while strengthening your roof. Metal is one of the most durable roofing materials and does well in strong storms.
Reinforce Your Windows and Doors
Want to know an easy way to reduce your heating bill and make your house cozier? Keep the cold outside, and the warm inside. You can do this by reinforcing your windows and doors. Not only does this help keep your heating bill down by limiting how much cold gets into your house, but it also helps keep out any water that could leak in through hard to see cracks. This reduces any water damage that can happen in your house around windows and doors during the winter.
Turn Off Outdoor Plumbing
There is a trend in this post. It is that cold weather plus water can cause a lot of damage. This includes features in your yard. Remember to turn off and drain outdoor plumbing in preparation for winter, so that when you don’t have bursting pipes and tough repairs to make in the summer.
When water freezes, it doesn’t only cause extra pressure that causes your pipes to burst. It can cause problems to the material—such as with garden hoses. Don’t forget to do a thorough inspection of items in your yard that can carry and then be damaged by freezing water.
Clean Out the Gutters
Cleaning the gutters doesn’t just help the gutters. It helps reduce damage to the outside and inside of your home. Not only this, but it helps to save you money on your water bill. When gutters get overfull of leaves, water, and mud it weighs the gutters down. This clogs the gutters, reducing the effectiveness of the gutters to get water away from the house. It spills over, flooding at the base of your home or into the siding, sometimes leaking inside your home. This also causes extra weight to be placed on the braces holding the gutter in place, and the gutter can pull away from the outside of your home.There are several ways to clean gutters, and there is likely a company in your area that you can hire to help you as well.
Service your Furnace
The warm summer months have ended, and you likely haven’t used your furnace in months. There can be dust buildup, a clogged filter from last winter, or maybe your furnace just needs some extra attention. Help your furnace be ready to be your faithful servant throughout the winter. You can decide to have your furnace professionally serviced or do it yourself, but it is important to do furnace maintenance to keep it running safely.
Here is another victim of the “water plus cold weather will make this way worse if not dealt with” repairs that should be done before fall sets in. If there are any problems with the cement surrounding your house, such as the walkways, driveways, basketball courts, etc., these must be addressed before ice makes any cracks bigger, patches patchier, or unevenness dangerous. It is ideal to repair your cement while it is warm outside so that any wet cement you may need to lay down can properly dry. There are many ways to do these repairs yourself, but there is no shame in asking for some professional help if you need it.
Fall home preparation may seem tedious, but they are much less tedious than all the repair work you’d have to do if you don’t prepare your home for the colder months. Be ready for some fun projects, that will save you money and leave your home cozier and an even more ideal place to be.
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