Complete these important home improvement projects to help it stand up to the season while saving you money
Touch up on Paint
A touch up of exterior paint can help prolong the life of your siding and trim. Take note, many paints aren’t recommended for application on days when the temperature is below 45-50 degrees F. If you don’t have time for a full blown project you can hit the trouble spots, such as the cut ends of all boards, especially fascia boards where paint peels first.
Keep in mind that the cold of winter can aggravate even the smallest of roof leaks. Any leaks in the roof should be fixed before the first snowfall and it’s always wise to hire an experienced professional. Make sure to inspect and clean your roof’s drainage system. Your home’s gutters divert thousands of gallons of water each year so it’s important to keep water flowing smoothly away from your house instead of into it.
Fall Lawn Care
If you want to keep your lawn healthy and beautiful when spring comes around, complete several important yard work projects in the fall. Raking leaves and aerating will prevent your lawn and garden beds from suffocating, while fertilizing and winterizing grass, trees, and shrubs will allow your greenery to enter its winter slumber comfortably and properly nourished. Make sure to get your exterior plumbing, such as sprinklers, winterized to prevent freezing and bursting.
Repair Driveways and Walkways
Small cracks and gaps in a driveway or walkway can quickly expand during winter’s freezing temperatures. Cracked cement and disintegrating asphalt can ask create treacherous conditions for pedestrians. Makes sure to hit a pro to get these things taken care of so they don’t return or get worse.
Fix Major Home Appliances
It’s important to have all major home appliances fixed and running top notch. From Thanksgiving dinners to Christmas cookies, the holiday season is a busy time for most kitchens. Clothes washers and dryers often pull an extra shift or two during the holiday as well.
Seal gaps and add insulation
Nothing makes a home more uncomfortable during the winter than a nagging, chilly draft which can be one of the biggest energy wasters. Inspect the caulking and seal around windows and add or replace weather stripping around your exterior doors to prevent heat sucking drafts. Check for leaks around outlets and switches, and add easy to install outlets or switch gaskets as needed. It may be smart to have a professional look in your attic to see if you need to add insulation. This could save you money on your heating bill as we get ready to head into the colder months.
Tune up your Furnace
The furnace is the heart of most American homes during cold winter months and without it comfortable life indoors would come to a grinding halt. Occasional maintenance from a trained professional can keep your furnace running effectively and efficiently.
Do you have a chill next to certain windows in your home during the winter? Have you noticed condensation or frost on these windows? Look for low- E glass, glass with multiple panes, warm edge spacers between panes, or filler glasses (such as argon or krypton) will most likely solve these problems. A professional can swap out your problem windows for more efficient models that will increase your comfort level while decreasing your heating bills.
Fall is the perfect time to clean your carpets. The humid days of summer have passed, but the blow-freezing days of winter have yet to arrive. It’s the best time to open windows for ventilation, which should speed up the drying process.