Tackling a few simple Fall projects can help avert disaster later in the year-and likely save some money on energy efficiency bills. If your like most, home improvement isn’t always at the top of your to-do-list, but the addition of a couple simple tasks can have a big pay-off later on.
If you’re relatively handy, you can handle many these check-ups yourself; if not, have a trusted home repair pro come out and take a look. The process should be quick and easy, and if any repairs are needed, you can start coordinating those ASAP.
The sun exposure and general wear can cause roof and siding materials to warp, chip, and more. Look for any cracks or missing shingles. Observe the calk lines around roof penetrations for gaping or peeling. It will be much easier to fix these issues now than in the midst of winter if it starts to leak or is otherwise damaged.
Sweep the Chimney
It is important make sure the chimney is clean and in good shape, if you plan to use the fireplace this Winter. It is also a good idea to ensure no squirrels or other critters have taken up residence inside. A blockage in the chimney can cause a fire or be an inconvenient ashy mess.
Clean the Gutters
Fall will drop a fair share fallen leaves into your gutters no matter what, but getting ahead of that can prevent water damage and other high-cost repairs. Check your home’s gutters for dead leaves and other potential blockages. If there are any, have them cleared them out so water can properly drain. Now is a good time to review gutter anchors and the downspout extenders. Remember to have exit pipes positioned 4 to 6 feet from the footing perimeter to prevent leaky basements and crawlspace areas.
Doors and windows should be sealed against water and wind intrusion with weather stripping and/or caulking. These protective materials keep the cold weather out and the heat in. Cracked, chipping, or otherwise damaged seals can cause higher energy bills.