Fall House Checklist: 5 Things To Do To Get Your Home In Tip-Top Shape For Fall
Sadly, summer is over but now it’s time for us to enjoy pumpkin everything, head to our local farm to pick apples, and dedicate Sundays to football. While we are spending time enjoying fall in New England, we also can’t ignore that winter is coming. To make sure that you aren’t stuck with a major catastrophe after the first snow falls, take the necessary steps to give your home some TLC.
There are 5 things that you can do on your own, or with a professional’s help, to get your home in tip-top shape for winter!
1. CLEAN UP YOUR YARD!
We all know that raking leaves is the last thing most of us want to be doing on a Saturday afternoon, but cleaning up your yard before the snow falls, is super important. It is also important to trim trees and bushes that are close to your home, since the last thing you want to deal with is a fallen branch on your roof during a Nor’Easter, ain’t nobody got time for that!
Need some professional help? Contact Mountain Top Landscaping to help you!
2. Give your heating system and fireplace some TLC!
It’s time to turn the AC off and close the windows, which means that we will be cozying up to a fire or turning up the heat. This means you should have a professional come to your home and inspect your HVAC system to asses any repairs that might be needed. The winter is the busiest season for most HVAC companies, so if you end up with an emergency, it could cost you WAY more than if you took the precautionary measures before winter arrived.
It is also important to have someone come out and check out your chimney if you are planning to use it this winter. They can make sure that there are no surprise birds’ nests up there and that there is no build up that could cause a fire.
3. Check Your Home’s Exterior for Repairs!
Make sure that your roof, windows, and siding, are all up to snuff before winter hits! This is the perfect time to get up on the roof (if you don’t feel comfortable, call a professional) and check to see if you have any missing shingles, if there is any water build up, or any debris up there that could add weight onto the roof and possibly cause it to collapse if there was a heavy snowfall. Checking your windows to make sure that they are properly sealed is also an excellent idea. There is nothing worse than spending money on heating your home, only to have it, literally, flying out the window!
4. Make sure your Snowblower & Generator are ready!
Time to put the lawnmower away and bust out the snow gear! Make sure you drain all the oil & gas from your lawnmower before you store it away. Then call a professional to come over and make sure your snowblower and generator are working properly. They will fire them up and make sure that everything is working as it should. There is nothing worse than going to turn your generator on when the power goes out, only to have it not work! Take the necessary steps to make sure you don’t end up without power for your family.
Call Raul at Desco of Seabrook and he will come to your house to check on your small engines!
5. Winterize Your Sprinkler System & Outdoor Pipes!
Have a professional come to your house to winterize your sprinklers and prepare your pipes by draining your water lines. Water left in pipes may cause them to burst in winter months, a costly problem you don’t want to have! Wrap and/or use insulated covers for the outside exposed pipes and faucets. Be sure to also insulate any exposed water pipes inside your home as well. Wrap up any outside hoses and store them in a dry, indoors location. Also, drain your hot water heater and remove any sediment that can clog the pipes and cause damage. This can also improve your water efficiency by 50%.