Fall Home Maintenance

Fall is here and it is the perfect time to take care of the little things that can make a big difference for you and your home. The few tasks listed below are well with-in the average person’s ability. But even if you choose to have a professional handle them, it’s worth the expense. You’ll save money in the end and prevent major damage to your home.

Check for Peeling Paint
If you have painted siding, inspect your homes exterior walls. See if any paint is blistering or peeling on the house or other outbuildings. Peeling paint is a good sign that the existing paint is failing and will no longer protect the siding of the building. If left uncorrected, the siding itself will then deteriorate. This can lead to costly repairs in the future.

Clean the Gutters
Clean out the gutters and downspouts, flush them completely with water, inspect all joints, and tighten brackets. Be sure to replace old or damaged gutters with new ones that have built-in leaf guards.

Inspect the Roof
Make sure the roof is in good shape. Inspect for missing and loose shingles.

Caulk Windows
Be sure to caulk around windows and door frames to prevent heat from escaping and moisture getting in. Openings in the structure can cause water to get in and freeze; resulting in cracks and mold buildup leading to dry rot.

Ready the Fireplace
Get your wood stove and fireplace in good working order. Examine your wood stove or fireplace insert’s door gasket for a tight seal. Have it cleaned by a profession.

Seal the Driveway
Inspect your driveway for cracks. Clean out and repair any damage with driveway filler, then coat with a commercial sealer. Sealing the driveway now will help extend the life of the asphalt through the winter and beyond.

Cover Air Conditioners
Vacuum internal parts of air conditioners. Remove units from windows or wrap the outside box with an approved tarp or plastic air conditioner cover, to prevent rusting of vital parts.

If you should need any help your fall to do list, or any home maintenance issues, don’t hesitate to call us. 215 371 4402