Act Now & Save Money, Time & Discomfort Come Winter
Autumn is the season of falling leaves, kids returning to school, and football returning to fields nationwide.
And even though the calendar may seem as if it’s more packed than a school bus, fall is the perfect time to tackle home repair and maintenance projects before winter’s wrath sets in. And by saying “carpe diem” to fall housing projects, you can say “se la vi” to costly expenses down the road.
- Exterior Paint Touchups: Just like a new paint job can spruce up an old Mustang, applying a fresh coat of paint can prolong the life of your siding and trim. Touching up any surface that potentially will be covered in snow come winer, such as wood floors or stairs, is also a smart idea. An important work note to remember: Paint sooner rather than later, for many paints aren’t recommended for application on days when the temperature dips colder than 45 to 50 degrees.
- Reinforce the Roof: Winter’s brutal cold can aggravate a small roof leak into a major repair migraine. It’s a golden rule of roofing: Any leaks in a home’s roof should be repaired before the first snowfall. Contact an experienced, professional roofing company that can accurately assess the leak and fix problems quickly, safely and correctly.
- Change Your View: Power washing your home’s exterior and windows power washed just doesn’t just make them shine, it extinguishes the growth of mold and mildew that feed on grime. If you are unsure of the amount of pressure to exert, hire a professional for the job.
- Don’t Leave Gaps In Your Heating Insurance: Is there anything more miserable during the winter than a drafty, cold house? A home energy audit will review your home’s caulking and weather stripping and inspect your attic. Most auditors recommend a depth of 10 to 14 inches of attic insulation.
- Tune Up Your Heating Engine: In winter, the furnace is literally the heart of American homes. Without it, well, you don’t want to imagine life in January without a working furnace. Proper and regular maintenance by a trained heating professional can protect your home from devastating damage from burst or frozen pipes.
- Get In The Gutter: Your home’s water defense system diverts thousands of gallons of H2O each year. To ensure water flows smoothly away from your home instead of into it, thoroughly inspect and clean your roof’s drainage system. Also, install mesh guards to keep leaves and other debris from blocking your gutters.
- Program Your Thermostat: A double winner, programmable save money without compromising comfort while using less energy on heating and cooling while your away from home or asleep. Plus, they are more accurate and convenient to use than manual thermostats.
- Repair The Walk & Driveway: Winter’s deep freeze can transform small cracks and gaps in a driveway or walkway into major issues. Plus, cracked cement and disintegrating asphalt also can create treacherous conditions for pedestrians. Inspect your driveway and walkways for cracks and hire a professional for large issues.
- Extinguish Any Fireplace Issues: A dirty fireplace is a dangerous fireplace. Proper inspection of a fireplace is essential to ensuring its safe operation – even if it only gets occasional use during winter. An experienced chimney sweep will check for flammable buildups like creosote, chimney blockages like bird nests and red flags like improperly functioning dampers, damaged brickwork and masonry, and missing or damaged flue caps (the screen covering the top of the chimney).
By acting now on needed autumn home repair and maintenance projects, you can save you and your family money, time and discomfort come winter.