5 Top Home Maintenance Tips for Fall

home-in-the-fallFall is coming around the corner, which means that it’s time to get your house in shape for the inevitable cold months ahead.

As school starts and the kids’ extracurricular activities are in full swing, the Fall season may be one of the busiest times of the year. However, it is still very important to repair and/or prevent any damages before the first snow fall.

Here are 5 top home maintenance tips taken from the experts that will keep your home running in peak condition throughout the Fall and Winter seasons ahead.

  1. Exterior Maintenance – Bob Villa advices to check foundation for cracks and caulk around the areas where masonry meets siding, where pipes or wires enter the house, and around the windows and door frames to prevent heat from escaping.

  2. Clean Those Gutters – Better Homes & Garden says, “Get your mind in the gutters!”  Clogged gutters can lead to damaged exterior surfaces and to water in your basement. They are also more prone to rust and corrosion. Before the leaves fly this fall, have your gutters cleaned, then covered with mesh guards to keep debris from returning.

  3. Wrap the Pipes – DIY Network advises to wrap water pipes that run along exterior walls with heating tape. It will save energy and prevent them from freezing. Also, be sure you know how to locate and turn off the water shut-off valve in case pipes do freeze.

  4. Don’t Forget the Landscape – HomeAdvisor mentions, although grass appears to stop growing in the Fall, the roots are actually growing deeper to prepare for Winter. Now is the best time to fertilize and reseed your lawn.

  5. Sweep the Chimney – Laura Gaskill from Houzz advices to schedule a chimney cleaning and heating system maintenance. Making sure your chimney and furnace or boiler are cleaned, maintained and in working order before you need to turn on the heat is an important safety measure. And be sure to add a chimney cap if you don’t already have one — it will stop critters from crawling down your chimney!

Although making sure that your home maintenance is checked off for the Fall is important, it won’t prevent random acts of nature. So, be sure you have the correct type of home insurance coverage.

The right home insurance policy brings peace of mind.  As long as you have that in place, you can rest assured that you’ll be better equipped to weather a storm or other natural disasters.

Feel free to reach out to us to discuss your home insurance coverage in more detail.

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