As sad as we are to see it go, summer has ended and fall has arrived. As a home-owner, it’s the perfect time to check off important items on your home maintenance fall checklist to ensure everything is in working order before the cold of winter hits! From cleaning and changing your HVAC filters to clearing out debris from your gutters, a little goes a long way when it comes to effective home maintenance.
Conducting regular roof inspections not only prolongs the life of your roof but it also works wonders in saving you plenty of money and stress. When doing your fall inspection, ensure you clear off debris from the gutters and surface itself, check for damaged shingles, and search for deteriorating or loose flashing. This will help avoid any problematic roofing issues come winter.
Inspect Furnace & Windows
When the cold weather arrives, the last thing you want is a rude awakening with a broken furnace. Stay warm this winter and test your furnace before-hand in case there are any potential issues. Also, make sure to clean furnace filters which helps reduce heating costs, prolongs furnace life and promotes better air quality. Now is a great time to inspect issues with your windows as well! Windows that need to be replaced or resealed also means higher energy bills for home-owners which can be easily avoided by taking preventative measures before expensive problems occur later on.
Test Smoke & Carbon Dioxide Detectors
This is a good habit to get into not just seasonally, but monthly. You should absolutely be testing your smoke and carbon dioxide detectors every month to avoid danger. The only way you can be kept safe if there is a serious issue is if you have functional alarm systems and the only way to make sure they’re functioning is to test them regularly. If they need a new battery, make sure to replace them immediately.
Inspect Fire Extinguisher
Much like alarm systems, inspecting your fire extinguisher is the best way to promote safety in the event of a fire emergency. Conduct monthly fire extinguisher inspections by making sure your extinguisher is easily accessible, investigate for any potential damage, and check the pressure and seals to ensure everything is in working order. Always remember that proper fire safety precautions are an important part of a safe household.
Home maintenance is a crucial part of owning property but it’s understandable that some chores and tasks can easily slip through the cracks only to be forgotten about. Don’t wait until it’s too late! Try setting reminders on your phone to help you with your to-do list and if your home-duties just feel like too much, let us know! Our specialty is helping you check items off your honey-do list so you can focus on other important aspects of your life. Need some help? Drop us a line today!