The cooler fall temperatures offer an appropriate outdoor working climate to start your pre-winter property maintenance and repair checklist. The transition in weather is a helpful reminder to start any home clean-up tasks that you may have been putting off. Below are seven tasks that should be on your list.
Pre-winter Property Maintenance And Repair Checklist
Leaf-clogged gutters can promote ice dams. The more often you clean out your gutters, the less time it will take to keep clean. Additionally, it will be easiest to hire a professional to do this for you.
Pressure Wash Everything
Summer heat can make your exterior, driveway, patio appear dirty. You can buy or lease a pressure washer. Prior to getting started, ensure that you use the proper spray power for the material you are spraying. Hook the pressure washer to a hose and spray the area. Your property will be clean with just a little bit of effort.
Survey the trees around the property for any dead limbs that may damage your property during wind or snow storms. Trim away wild shrubbery and keep them away from the property. Hold off until the end of fall to prune spring-flowering plants to avoid removing next spring’s flowers.
Improving your lawn is a great way to increase your property’s value. Fall is a great time to fertilize and reseed the lawn for the next spring. Before you start, mow the grass one more time.
Check Heating and Cooling Systems
Complete a yearly check-up for your furnace and clean filters. This routine work may improve your furnace’s efficiency and reduce heating costs. Yearly check-ups can also lengthen the life of a heating system.
Close Off Drafts
Having your furnace serviced may lower expenses, but not if warm air is leaking outside! Check for leaks along windows and doorways. Fill gaps as necessary to prevent heat from getting out. For older windows that are difficult to caulk, think about buying plastic window coverings from local retailers.
Prevent Chimney Fires
The last thing you want is to call the fire department the first time you use your chimney this winter. A chimney sweep can take care of creosite buildup. This is also a great chance to identify other issues with the chimney and allow you to fix them before they turn into a costly repair.
Why It Is Important
Your pre-winter property maintenance and repair checklist should not be delayed. They do not simply revamp your property, but they also mitigate future issues and also help you save. For future home repair tips, subscribe to this website.