6 Ways to get your house ready for fall
There’s no denying that fall is definitely here and winter is just around the corner. With the changes in season, we need to get our house ready for what’s coming around the corner.
Nobody wants to clean out all the leaves and muck in the beautiful early days of autumn, but it’s now time to face reality and clean out those gutters. If they are left, the gutters will freeze up, clogg, and water will eventually seep into your home causing nasty damage. After you clean out the muck, run water through the gutters to check for any misalignments that could cause water damage. Remember to empty and put your hoses away. Also drain the water from your sprinkler system if you have one.
Are you tired of cleaning out your gutters every year or no longer want to climb ladders risking your health? Try gutter covers. They range in prices but you can have economical gutter covers installed by doing some research. You will still need to check on them every other year, especially if you have alot of trees and thus leaves on your property. But they do cut down on the maintenance of cleaning out the gutters every year.
2. Seal cracks & openings
Nobody wants to throw money away but that’s exactly what we’re doing when we let the cold air in and the warm air escape out of your house. Warm air can and will escape out of any cracks around our windows and doors and make our furnace work that much harder. A harder working furnace means good-bye money. Use caulking to seal cracks and weather stripping to seal air leaks from windows or doors.
3. Get your heating system serviced so you won’t be left out in the cold!
Before it gets cold, make an appointment to get your furnace’s annual check-up to ensure that it’s working properly.
Change the furnace filter if you have forced-air heating. Remember to change your filter regularly. Put a reminder on your electronic calendar to help you to remember.
If you need to replace your furnace, buy an energy-efficient model. It really helps you save money and energy each month. Check with your local government to see if there are any cash incentives if you do upgrade your furnace.
4. Let their be light
One of the first signs that fall (and winter) is coming is that our days are getting noticeably shorter which means we may be leaving the house in the dark and/or coming home in the dark. Instead of fumbling in the dark, make sure you have appropriate lighting.
Motion sensored flood lights above the garage are a great way of adding lighting only when you need it. If you already have these, maybe it’s time to change the bulbs. Do it now, rather than the middle of winter where you’re up on a ladder on a slippery driveway trying to change them.
Light up your path along the way so you can see where you are going. Lighting common areas will help prevent accidents for you and your visitors.
Will walkway lighting get buried in snow? Consider installing one or two lamps for areas where you need more light. Use energy saving products to help reduce costs and save energy since outdoor lights tend to get left on for longer periods of time. Check to make the lights can withstand snow and ice. Some products also come with automatic daylight shut-off and motion sensors.
5. How’s your path and driveway?
Check your path to make sure that there are not any loose stones or holes in pavement or walkway. Any loose stones or cracks could cause someone to fall and twist their ankle on a dark and slippery path at night. Repair your pathway now that it is clear.
6. Shovels, snow blowers and SALT
And one last “to do” for your own piece of mine. Make sure your snow shovels or snow blower, salt AND ice scrapers for the car are all ready to go in a convenient spot and not buried “somewhere” in the garage.
There’s nothing more annoying that waking up late one morning, rushing out the front door, to find yourself doing a balancing act on your front step from the ice that was “delivered” over night while you so very carefully inch your way to the garage to find that you have no salt, the shovel is buried at the back of the garage, and you have no clue as to the location of the ice scraper for your car.
Debi Collinson is a Designer, Stager and Renovator. For over 10 years she has been helping clients make their home stunning. She has staged over 75 homes helping clients make money beyond their expectations. She has bought several “fixer uppers” and either flipped them for a healthy profit or turned them into profitable rental properties. Follow Debi as she share her tips & secrets along the way.