Preparing Your Home for Fall
School is in full swing and that means fall is just around the corner. With the change of season, you want to make sure your exterior home maintenance gets completed before it gets too cold. Taking care of your home with regular maintenance will help reduce the chances of problems leading to big repair bills.
Start at Your Roof
Get started by walking around the exterior of your home. Look up and see if you notice missing, curled or bent shingles on your roof. If you do, you’ll want to call a roofing company for repair. If the only problem is debris on the roof or streaking, you’ve found your first task to prepare your home for fall. Debris that sits on your roof eventually runs into your gutters and clogs them. If it gets stuck on your roof, it can quickly deteriorate your shingles.
Cleaning the algae that streaks your roof is as easy as spraying it with a 50/50 bleach and water mixture from a sprayer and rinsing with your hose. Just take care to protect the plants below so the bleach water doesn’t kill them. Don’t forget about your chimney if your home has one. It should be cleaned and inspected regularly both inside and out.
If your gutters aren’t clean now, they don’t stand a chance once the leaves begin to fall. Clean gutters are important because your gutters capture the rainwater from running off your roof and onto the ground at your home’s foundation. Keeping your gutters clean can reduce water in your basement or crawlspace which can lead to expensive foundation problems.
Windows & Doors
You may have low maintenance windows in your home but that doesn’t mean no maintenance. Your windows have caulk on the inside and outside. Look at each window. If you notice the caulk is dried out, cracked, or peeling away, you should remove the old and re-caulk.
Exterior doors have weather stripping that keeps drafts and pests from finding a way inside. If yours begins to crack, break, or you notice that your door doesn’t seal tightly, you’ll want to replace it. Just be sure to measure how much you need and the width before heading to your home improvement store for new weather stripping.
Schedule Winter Services
If you have a sprinkler system or pool, you want to get on the schedule for your winterization service now. Give those service companies a call and book your service. You should also call your HVAC company and schedule your check up of your home’s heating system. You don’t want a surprise on that first cold morning. If you enjoy having a fire in the winter, call to request delivery of your wood.
Should you find that you need a new roof or other major expense, Hamilton Group Funding would be happy to speak with you about cash-out refinancing and other options. We can also pre-qualify you for a new home purchase if you are completing these tasks before you list your current home. Contact our nearest branch today for your free consultation.