Preparing Your Home for Fall

greenlake fall photo - stock photoI cannot believe that fall is upon us! Although we have had a wonderful summer, it is time to begin planning for fall maintenance on your home. The changes in the seasons can be tough for home structures, so to prevent surprises when your home is at its most vulnerable, take a day before autumn takes hold and prepare your home for the months ahead.

Roof and Siding
The heat of summer can cause materials on your roof and siding to shrink and expand, leaving gaps. Although the solution to remedy these gaps may vary depending on the type of materials your roof and siding consists of, take note of any gaps you see between joints (at seams, between siding and window/door openings, at transitions from wall to roof, etc) or between roofing materials (around skylights, between shingles or tiles, around flashing, etc). These may be easy fixes or it may be time to call in a professional. Keeping water and bugs out and keeping heat in is the name of the game!

Gutters
While you or your roofer are up on the roof, take the time to check your gutters both for debris (which needs to be cleaned out) and structural integrity. Gutters that are in disrepair may not be able to channel water away from your roof and house, so making sure these are in good working order is imperative.

Weather Stripping
Weather stripping around doors also should be looked at in the fall. This is an inexpensive do-it-yourself chore that most people can tackle. Again, you want to keep toasty air in and pests out, so making sure your stripping isn’t too old to be up to the task is a must.

Chimney
Before you begin any fires, have your chimney inspected. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, a clean chimney not only helps prevent chimney fires, it also allows flue gases and smoke to travel freely up and out of your home. Chimneys should be inspected annually and clean and repair what is necessary.

Service Furnace
As we are winding down from summer, doing our fair share of sweltering, it may be difficult to think of your actually needing to turn on the heater, but preventative maintenance now is a lot cheaper than an emergency call on a frigid Friday night.

Maintaining your home and preparing it for the fall and winter months not only makes sense from a comfort point of view, it also can save you money in terms of utility costs and can keep the value up when it is time to sell. Please give me a call, text, or email to learn more: (206) 790-0081 or Jamie@JamieFlaxman.com.

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