Fall is the perfect time to take care of the little things that can make a big difference around your home. Disregarding these tasks can lead to costly home repairs and potentially raise your insurance premiums. Whether you choose to tackle these chores on your own, or hire a professional, you’ll save time and money and reduce your risk of home damage.
Home Maintenance Tips
Have your furnace and/or wood stoves cleaned and inspected annually by a qualified technician.
Check fireplaces for soot or creosote build-up. Better yet, schedule a visit from a reputable chimney sweep.
Keep flammable materials, including all lawn and power equipment, away from water heaters and wiring in the basement.
Insulate water pipes in areas exposed to cold temperatures, and turn up the thermostat during extra cold periods.
Hire a professional to check for damage to your roof, and remove leaves and other debris from gutters and downspouts to prevent accumulation. Clogged gutters can lead to damaged exterior surfaces and to water in your basement. They are also more prone to rust and corrosion.
Check and repair caulking around doors and windows that show signs of deterioration. Gaps in caulk and weather-stripping can account for a 10% of your heating bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Clean and/or replace your furnace filter.
Drain and winterize outdoor faucets and irrigation systems.
A home safety check should be an annual ritual in every household. Test smoke and CO monitors, inspect (or install) fire extinguishers, review fire escape plans, and rid your home of old newspapers and other fire hazards.
Repair damaged walkways, drives, and steps. Although a hazard year round, their dangers are compounded when the weather turns icy.
Use this Fall Cleaning Checklist to keep your home in top condition, for your family, yourself and those special gatherings. Trust SIA Group for all your homeowners tips and insurance needs.