Fall home maintenance. It’s that time of year again, already. Man that last beach vacation was just too short! Oh well, maybe next year. Fall is upon us and now is the time to ensure your home is properly protected before the winter months arrive.  A good visual check of your house and property is a really good way to protect your investment in your home and property. Many necessary fixes can be done by yourself but some items may require the help of a professional, but hiring someone to take care of small tasks can save you heaps of money in the long run.

Some of the most important things that should be on your fall home maintenance checklist are your gutters, roof, caulking around windows and doors and weather stripping at windows and doors. Other things are checking your furnace is working properly, checking your attic for proper insulation, checking outdoor faucets/spigots, inspecting chimneys and checking trees for dead limbs.

Making sure your gutters are cleaned can prevent serious damage to your roof and eaves as well as keeping your foundation as dry as possible. You may or may not be able to handle this task, but I strongly recommend making sure they are free of debris and the water flowing out of downspouts is directed away from your house. You may also consider having gutter guards installed.

A good inspection of your roof can be done with the help of a pair of binoculars. Look over the entire roof checking for missing, damaged or curled shingles. If possible, checking the flashing around chimneys and any other areas where siding abuts the roof is a good idea. Inspecting the boots around pipes protruding the roof is wise as well.

Checking all your windows and doors for gaps and cracked caulking can help save you money on heating bills and keep insects from entering your home. This inspection would also include checking the weather stripping around doors and seals at the bottom and top of your windows.

Having a professional inspect your furnace can save you money on an emergency call in the middle of the winter, not to mention the pain of not having heat should your furnace quit working. If you recently bought your home and you’ve never checked the insulation in the attic, now is the time to check it and correct any deficiencies to save you money on heating costs in the winter. Another area that should be checked by a professional is your chimney and fireplace, especially if you have a wood burning fireplace and you plan on using it this winter. Make sure you check the trees around your home as well and have dead limbs that overhang you house removed. Finally, make sure all garden hoses are removed from outdoor faucets and invest in covers for the faucets, which are quite cheap. This minimal investment could very likely save you big money from a freezing and bursting pipe in the middle of winter.

What I have described are some of the most important things that should be on your fall home maintenance checklist. Further inspection of areas not mentioned here are never a bad idea any time of year. If you would like further explanation or advice to any of this items or for any other item around you home please feel free to email me at spsknox@gmail.com.