October 30, 2018 | Bob Myers
Ahhhh, fall – the air turns crisp and cool, yellow patches of leaves  appear to take over the treetops and you’re prepped for sweater weather.  But, is your home ready for the season? Whether you do the dirty work yourself or hire out, here is a checklist to help you tackle fall home preps that can make a big difference of how your home handles the season.

  1. Get your mind in the gutter. If you’re not on top of clogged gutters, you’re just asking for water damage. Water with nowhere to go can lead to exterior and foundational damage and maybe even a flooded basement. It’s a dirty job, but you can do it-or hire it  out.
  2. Check the chimney. While you’re up on the roof and the weather’s still calm-check your chimney for damage. Search for loose or broken joints and if the flue cap is still in place. Now’s the time to also attend to any damaged roof shingles or flashing.
  3. Keep the warm air inside and the cold air outside. Inspect your windows an doors. Check weatherstripping by opening a door, placing a piece of paper in the entryway and closing the door. The paper should not slide back and forth easily. If it does, the weatherstripping isn't doing it's job.
  4. Let’s get physical. Once the temperatures begin to  drop, you’ll crank up that furnace and put it through quite a workout.  Make sure it’s ready to handle the workload by replacing the filter and keep all the vents open so heat can circulate throughout your home.
  5. Turn off outdoor plumbing. Blow out sprinkler systems, drain outdoor faucets and cover them to protect them from the freezing weather to come.
  6. Clean outdoor furniture and gardening tools. Don’t let the harsh fall and winter weather get to your outdoor furniture and  garden gadgets. Give them a quick clean up so they are ready for storage  over the winter.
  7. Stay safe out there. Fall is as good reminder to  perform an annual check of the safety features in your home. Make sure the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors get fresh batteries, check the fire extinguisher or replace if it’s six years or older and take this chance to update or practice your fire escape plans.
  8. Pre-plan for spring-blooms. Fall is the perfect  time to plant bulbs for a big pay off in the spring. Set your sights on a  spot in your yard that gets full sun and get digging.
Looking for that perfect home where you’re in charge of home preps and maintenance?  Look no further. I can help make your dream of owning your own home a reality.

Please consider The Myers Team your resource for all things real estate.  We have over 30 years of real estate experience, specializing  in the Montgomery County area.  If you are refinancing, want a recommendation, need a service provider or just have a home related question, please give me a call at 301-910-9910 or email me at bobmyersteam@gmail.com.

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