Fall and winter months can be the hardest on your home so now is the time to take precautions to protect your investment. A well-maintained home shows better and sales quicker. Follow these tips to help your home age gracefully.
Caulk & Seal
Arm yourself with a caulk gun and caulk around windows and doors where needed. Check for cracks where the trim meets the siding and seal with caulk. Caulk around where pipes and wires enter your home. Install weather stripping around doors if it is old and worn out. Not only will this prevent cold from creeping in your home, but moisture as well which kept unchecked could cause much bigger problems in the future.
Maintaining your gutters will keep water away from your roof and siding. Clogged gutters will rot, corrode, and rust. Clean out the gutters and downspouts and flush with water. Inspect the joints and repair any damaged gutters.
Check your heating system
Your heating system will be more efficient if it is properly serviced. Call a licensed contractor and set up an appointment to have your heating system checked. Replace all filters and check to make sure your attic is properly insulated for efficiency and lower heating costs.
Reverse your ceiling fan
If your ceiling fans have reverse switches, now is the time to reverse your fan direction to clockwise. This will create an upward draft and redistribute warm air. Distributing the heat more evenly could potentially save you money on your heating bill.
Prepare your yard
Keep leaves raked to prevent damage to your grass or better yet, mulch the leaves with your mower to break down the leaves which fall in-between the blades of grass to provide nourishment to your yard. Trim dead branches and clip away any branches that are close to your roof. Remove dead annual plants and trim back your other plants.