Summer is in full swing, but it’s a good time to start thinking ahead for fall home preparation!
Getting all of these off your to-do list in the summer months will help you transition into the next season without any stress or hassle. It’s also a great time to think about planning for any large-scale renovations, which may cost more but can up your home’s value in time for selling in the spring.
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Have the Gutters Cleaned
Dirty or clogged gutters can attract pests like termites and lead to water damage if left unchecked. You can clean your gutters yourself or schedule a professional roofing company to come in and clean them for you. This is something you’ll want to do at least once a year to ensure your property is always protected, especially if you live in an area that experiences heavy rain and/or snowfall.
Get Your HVAC Checked
You should have your HVAC system examined at least once a year, but many professionals recommend bi-annual tune-ups. The last thing you want is to find out that a summer’s worth of air conditioning has left your heater out of commission. Planning your fall/winter tune-up in late summer will result in lower rates and plenty of time to schedule any necessary repairs.
Get the Roof Fixed
Roof repairs are some of the most expensive, but they’re also some of the most critical. Poor insulation results in heat loss, increased pest risk and water damages. Make sure that you have a professional inspect your roof so it’s ready for colder weather, rain and snow.
Power Wash and Paint the Exterior
A good power wash can drastically improve the look of your home. If you want to change its paint or finishes, do so while the weather is warm. No one wants to be stuck outside painting in the cold, and it will be more expensive for professional house painting services in the winter anyway.
Winterize the Lawn
Fertilize your grass so it’s prepared to grow back nice and strong in the spring and make sure that any irrigation systems are properly insulated to avoid freezing or bursts during the colder months. Clean any debris that’s gathered over the summer, and make sure you trim all your hedges and have trees cut to prevent falling branches.
Do an Insulation Inspection
Check your doors and window sills for any cracks in the frames, and fill them with caulk and weather-stripping kits to prevent excessive heat loss during the fall and winter. You can also consider additional attic insulation to improve your home’s comfort level.
Get the Carpets Cleaned
Carpet adds a cozy touch to your home, but it does require far more maintenance than hardwood to stay clean. Schedule your next carpet cleaning toward the end of summer to ensure there’s plenty of sunlight, warmth and fresh air to help it dry faster. It’s always best to have any large-scale renovations done while the weather is nice as you can keep doors and windows open for increased ventilation.