Seven tips from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Advantage Realty to prepare your home for Fall.
To mildly state it, 2020 has been an unusual year, and while we all began adjusting to the new normal as we were entering Spring, it is already time to start thinking about Fall.
This time of year is hand’s down the most beautiful in Rim Country. The leaves on the trees atop the Rim start to change, the monsoons have (this year, slowly) shown up to replenish the forest and cooler temperatures are right around the corner.
It would be astounding if all you needed to prepare your property for Fall was to hang a wreath and light pumpkin-spice candles. While those are two things I personally enjoy, there are more homeowner-important tasks and checklists that come with being a homeowner.
Some brief observations by Kelly Giurbino, the new Designated Broker at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Advantage Realty, would like to share seven tips for consideration before your property experiences the transition from hot summer days to cool fall nights...and eventually freezing temperatures.
1. Gutters! Clean, cover or possibly replace
August and September in Rim Country ushers in the monsoon season and this usually means rain! A microburst will drop a lot of moisture all at once. This is great for your trees and plants, but what about your property or its structures? These same microbursts can blow around tree limbs, leaves and other debris and clog your gutters. If they are clogged, you can end up with flooding, inside and out.
2. Check windows and doors for drafts
Heat loss through windows is responsible for 25-30 percent of heating energy use, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. It doesn't have to impact your expenses that way. Weatherstripping is a effective way to keep heating costs down and inclement weather out. Also, you would be amazed at what a $4 tub of caulk can make when sealing up your windows and doors and how it can keep you warm and cozy when the temps start to drop.
3. Disconnect all exterior hoses and watering systems
Very essential. Whether you live in a home/property in Rim Country all year round, or one that you have as your weekend or vacation home. Failure to disconnect your hose from your outside spigots and drain the water before winter can lead to burst pipes. Also check with your water company to see what insurance (if they provide) may be available to you in unexpected situations. No one wants flood damage to their home/retreat/slice of heaven, especially in the winter months when it’s so very hard to get work repairs done.
4. Protect Your Outdoor Furniture
Simply, to continue to enjoy it in the good-weather months, store it in a garage or shed. If you don't have anywhere to store the items, cover it with waterproof furniture cover – found at local stores or on Amazon.
5. Fix those driveway cracks
This seems tedious, but it could very easily be a big (or bigger) issue when the next Spring occurs. Water travels into cracks, it freezes, expands, and can make the crack even bigger. A spider-web of small cracks can turn into bigger cracks, eventually crumble, and then there you have them… the potholes. Use concrete crack sealer, fill it up, and be done with it.
6. Give your air filters a refresh
This may be costing you more money than it should be. Clogged filters make it tough to keep your home at the desired temperature, resulting in increased bills. It’s smart to clean these filters monthly, not just before the Fall! Disposable filters can be vacuumed one time before replaced, foam filters can be vacuumed. The filter screen to your dryer could use a regular good scrubbing as its film is invisible remaining after removing lint.
7. Change your batteries.
Once every 6-12 months, check to make sure all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide devices are working. Since you are already going over your “it’s almost Fall” checklist, this is one to not miss attending to.
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