Late summer/early autumn is a great time to give your home some extra attention before winter weather sets in. Check out this list from Ned Stevens of things you need to do to get your home ready for anything fall weather might bring.
Inspect Windows And Doors
Look over your door and window frames for any damage that needs to be repaired. Examine windows for any loose fittings. If your windows aren’t sealed properly, your home could potentially lose a lot of heat, causing your bills to rise and your home to possibly experience drafts.
Landscaping and Gardening
Get branches trimmed, especially those that are damaged or are too close to your roof or any power lines. Since fall weather can bring storms with strong winds, this limb trimming can help avert any autumn disasters.
Shut Off Outdoor Faucets
To keep your pipes from freezing, drain any remaining water from outdoor hoses and faucets and turn off exterior faucets. Store hoses and attachments safely in a place where they won’t be damaged or freeze over the winter.
Check Smoke Detectors
The change of any season is a great reminder to check all smoke and carbon monoxide sectors throughout your home. Replace all the batteries in these detectors and don’t forget to press each test button to ensure each one is working properly.
Get Warm Items Out Of Storage
The turn to cooler weather in the fall signals the time to switch your closet from your summer clothes to warmer ones you put in storage in spring. Likewise, it’s a great time to bring out any warmer bed coverings and blankets for your couch that you may have stored away during the warmer months. This is a great time to go through your clothes and bedding to make sure that everything fits and doesn’t need mending. Donate any clothes or bedding you no longer want and use the warmer gear before turning on your heater to save money.
Clear Gutters And Downspouts Of Summer Debris
We don’t often think about summer as a time where lots of debris falls onto our roofs, but summer rain and wind storms can clog up your drains with sticks, needles and other detritus. To prepare for autumn’s falling leaves, make sure your drains are cleared of any debris during this transition period so your gutters and downspouts don’t have to fight any summer accumulation.
Inspect Your Attic
Make sure your attic vents are not blocked by insulation in order to prevent ice dams from forming on the roof. Check for dirt and debris on the ridge vents and on eaves. Check to make sure that any bird and rodent screens are not damaged and are securely in place to prevent pests from entering your attic.
Completing small tasks around the home can quickly and simply make your home ready when cooler weather sets in. If any project seems unsafe or you don’t feel like checking your gutters or attic on your own, call the professionals at Ned Stevens today. Our team of specialists are experts at transitioning your home from one season to the next and taking care of all the tasks that will ensure your gutters and roofs are prepared for whatever weather fall might bring. Call Ned Stevens today!
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