Now that the weather is starting to cool off, it may be a good time to get your home ready for the winter ahead.
Fall is the perfect time to perform a maintenance check, and many of the tips we list below can save you a little money and a whole lot of headaches if done early in the season.
Caulk the cracks — Walk around the exterior of your house and use caulking around window and door frames, where the cement foundation meets the siding, and where pipes and wires enter the house. Caulking will help keep the cold air out of your house and the warm air in and will keep moisture out, which can freeze and cause mold build up.
Patch up the paint — As you’re walking around the house, check the siding for pealing and blistering paint. This is a sign that the existing paint film is no longer protecting your siding from the elements. If the weather is still warm, repaint your siding. Replacing damaged siding can be quite expensive.
Repair the roof — The snow, wind, rain, and ice of winter is tough on roofs, so you’ll want to make sure it’s in good shape before the weather turns. Look for missing or loose shingles and replace if needed. If you’re not experienced with roof repairs, call a professional.
Gut the gutters — After the leaves have fallen, clean out and flush your gutters and downspouts. This will help keep water from freezing in your gutters, which can cause ice dams.
Darn the driveway — Check your driveway for cracks. If you find any, clean the crack out and repair it with driveway filler. This will keep moisture out, which can otherwise freeze and expand, damaging the driveway even more.
Locate the leaks — Sealing air leaks around windows and doors inside can save you big bucks on your energy bills. Feel for cool air around window and door frames. If you find a leak, use caulk and weather stripping to plug it up.
Heal the heater — Your heater will be your best friend in the dead of winter if you keep it maintained and your worst enemy if you neglect it. Get your heating system checked out by a professional.
Flip the fan — Here’s a simple tip that will help with heating. Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans to create an upward draft, which will redistribute warm air from the ceiling.
We hope you find these fall home maintenance tips helpful as your prepare your home for the winter ahead.
If you need any help on the insurance side of things, get in touch with Burkhart Insurance Agency. As an independent agency, we can help make sure your homeowners insurance policy is as well maintained as your home!