Tips to Prepare Your Home for Fall
Fall has arrived in the Pacific Northwest and with it comes the freezing temperatures and days of rain that can compromise the structure of our homes. So use these last golden days to get caught up on home maintenance chores that will help keep your home clean and prevent damage. Even better? The good feeling of snuggling inside with hot chocolate and peace of mind, while the Northwest storms roar outside. Get a jump on your Fall maintenance with Dale’s Remodeling’s “10-Step Fall Maintenance Checklist”.
- Beginning with a “top down” approach, perform a visual check of your chimney for cracks or damage. Sealing is quick and easy and can prevent fires igniting from errant sparks.
- Inspecting the roof for missing or damaged shingles will protect your home from future rain damage that can turn into a costly repair in the future.
- Gutters and downspouts are essential components to a Pacific Northwest home. Make sure they are clear of debris before the first downpour arrives.
- Windows and doors are in constant use throughout the year, yet often get overlooked when performing maintenance checks. Check for grinding hinges, worn weather stripping, missing caulk and locks that aren’t working properly. A few twists of a screwdriver will have them functioning well and keeping your home safe and warm inside.
- Exterior paint and siding is not only beautiful, it also protects your home’s wooden frame from the harmful effects of rain and freezing temperatures. Perform a visual check to locate spots that may need attention.
- Testing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be a priority on your Fall checklist. Set a reminder on your calendar to check your alarms in the Spring and Fall with the change of Daylight Savings Time.
- Sweep away the dust that’s made its way into your home by washing the walls, dusting the blinds and vacuuming the curtains. This everyday task taken to the next level will freshen up your living space and help prevent allergies.
- Clear away lint and dust from your appliances’ filters to keep them running smoothly. Doing this will not only protect your home from fire but will also increase the efficiency and longevity of your appliance all through the year.
- Air conditioners and heaters need regular maintenance checks to prevent small problems from becoming large problems. Perform a visual check when and listen to working units when you change filters to detect unusual noises that could lead to costly mechanical problems.
- To prevent your water heater against mineral and corrosion buildup, test the pressure relief valve. This will prevent leaks and have your heater running more efficiently.
DON’T FORGET TO CARVE A PUMPKIN! (and roast the seeds!)
Do you have a remodeling project in mind this Fall? Give Dale’s Remodeling a call today to begin to see your dream project come to life.
For a more in-depth guide to prepare your home for Fall indoors and out, check out this great reference guide provided by Angie’s List. A great and thorough resource to taking care of all those fall prep home maintenance needs.