Summer is closing fast, and before you know it, fall will be in full swing. It's not too early to wrap up home improvement projects and start preparing our homes for the cold weather that lies ahead. Our real estate agents often recommend preparing our homes for winter in September and early October while temperatures are still mild. However, remembering to take care of everything can be challenging, especially for first-time homeowners, so we put together a short checklist to help you:
- Service Your Heating System
You don't want to wait until winter to find out that your heating system doesn't work or needs maintenance. We recommend servicing your furnace or HVAC system in September. Test your safety controls, ensure the furnace burner and switches are working, and inspect your unit and ductwork for possible leaks. Also, be sure to replace the batteries in your thermostat if necessary, and also swap out your furnace filter if you haven't already done so.
If you don't have experience with heating systems, be sure to call a professional. Your system should always be inspected annually.
- Take Care of Your Lawn Mower
Once you've done that final mow of the year, be sure your lawn mower or tractor gets the care it needs before storing it away for the winter. Your lawn mower should be cleaned at the end of every season. If any parts are broken or aging, now is the time to make the necessary repairs — don't put it off until next spring.
- Repair Your Roof
Wind, rain, hail, and constant sun exposure can take their toll on your roof over the summer. Therefore, September and October are great times for a roof inspection and a good cleaning. Inspect your shingles or roofing materials for cracks, bends, missing pieces. If you notice problems or have a leak, it's best to take care of it now before you have to deal with snow buildup on your roof.
Also make sure your gutters and downspouts are clear of debris. We don't recommend actually climbing onto your roof unless you're experienced, so in most cases, it's best to call a professional.
- Clean Your Siding
High winds and storms blow debris against your siding all spring and summer, so by the fall, it can start to look a bit grimy. If you want nice, clean siding like these Holland homes for sale, you'll want to do a thorough cleaning every fall. Depending on your siding, you may be able to clean it yourself with a pressure washer, but calling a professional to take care of it is always an option.
- Trim Tree Branches
Trees with dead branches are likely to come down during the winter, so it's usually a good idea to remove them ahead of time. Use a rope saw or pole saw to trim those hard-to-reach branches. You'll always want to be sure to eliminate any branches that are hanging directly over your roof or chimney, as these could lead to roof damage or even become a fire hazard in the winter.
- Service Your Garage Door
Taking care of your garage door is an easy, but often neglected home maintenance task. Remove any debris from the garage door tracks and lubricate all hinges and springs. Also, wipe down the inside and outside of the door to eliminate any dirt or grime that has accumulated throughout the year.
Starting winter maintenance ahead of time means you don't have to scramble once holidays roll around. For more tips on home improvement, contact us today.