There are many things that need to be done to properly prepare your home for the coming fall and winter.
Here are just a few of the more important items to get done at the end of summer:
Clean your gutters and downspouts. This is essential as you do not want rain water/melting snow to back up under your roof shingles or fascia and causing expensive damage.
Clean and if necessary stain your deck. Do any home maintenance that may be needed to keep it in tip top shape.
Inspect your roof and siding for any damage that should be repaired. No you don’t need to scramble up on your roof and risk life and limb. You can pick up a cheap pair of binoculars and scope out the roof from the safety of the ground. If you see any potential issues, call a professional to repair them.
Check the weather striping around the exterior doors. Good weather striping will help keep the cold outside, where it belongs.
Seal your driveway. If it has been a few years, this should definitely be on your list.
Change the filter in your furnace if it hasn’t been changed in more than 3 months. Also clean the return are grates to minimize dust going into the filter.
Check windows for any drafts and caulk if needed.
Have your fireplace inspected by a professional chimney sweep. If you haven’t done this for a few years or just moved in, this is a top priority for your safety.
Reverse the overhead fans in the house to rotate clockwise so it will pull cool air upward.
Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to ensure functionality.
This list could go on and on, but these are some of the more important items.
If you are not up to the task or just want a more in depth inspection of your homes wellness, you can hire a home inspector such as Endgame Home Inspection Services to do the dirty work for you.
This Syracuse, NY home inspection company can do a full roof to foundation inspection that will inform you of all issues found so that you can determine a priority list to get things fixed and running optimally.