Preparing for the winter months can be a hassle, but by taking the time to do it right, it can save you costly damage. Take a moment to check out my top tips for fall preventative home maintenance that every homeowner should follow.
- Check for water leaks. Water leaks are generally underreported. It can be quite surprising how often they go unnoticed. It’s important that you walk around the property, checking both inside and outside. Look for current or past water leak issues around ceilings, near plumbing fixtures, or around the air handler. Catching these issues before they become a massive, costly headache can save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.
- Check your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. One of the first things to do is add fresh batteries as needed to these important detectors. Another area of maintenance you’ll want to check is the air filter. A dirty air filter causes your unit to run less efficiently. Those unchanged air filters allow dust and debris to impact the air handler and duct work. The damage it can cause will run you a good sum of money. By making these small maintenance upgrades, you can save hundreds to thousands of dollars by preventing potential damage.
- Carefully check the exterior of your unit. Walk around your property, and check for things such as roofing, siding, or foundation issues. Also, check stairs to make sure they’re safe, in good condition, and have sturdy railings. All non-working lightbulbs should be replaced. Also, once the leaves have come down, clean out the gutters and downspouts. Clogged gutters during rainstorms can cause water to pool and damage your roof and siding.
Walk through and around your property regularly. We maintain a scheduled walk-through each quarter. Yes, it takes time, sometimes money, dedication, and hard work, but in the long run it saves you a bundle, while alleviating future headaches. You’ll save money by being forward thinking in your fall maintenance.
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