While many people might be waiting for pumpkin spice and everything nice, the fall season for homeowners often brings something different—home maintenance projects.
Whether you are moving into a new home or getting ready to sell your home this fall, our team at Journey Home Lending wants to offer you some tips about how you can prepare your home for the new season.
Transition Your Home from Summer to Fall
Now that the leaves are starting to turn, it is time to begin tackling your home maintenance to-do list:
Clear the Gutters
One of the first tasks you want to tackle before fall officially arrives is your gutters. As the leaves begin to fall along with other debris like tree branches, your home’s gutters could end up clogged. When this happens, you run the risk of flooding and damage to your home.
Prevent clogged gutters by regularly making sure they are clear from debris, as well as replacing the gutters if you see:
- Stressed gutter seams
Check for Drafts
As the weather begins to cool outside, you want to make sure the heat in your home is actually staying inside your home. Unfortunately, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, around 25 to 30% of the heat inside your home is lost around the edges of windows.
Fortunately, there are relatively easy fixes for this that won’t end up costing an arm and a leg. Some ideas include hanging thick curtains in front of windows, closing off unused rooms, and weatherstripping windows in order to prevent heat loss during the cooler months—or AC loss when it’s hot.
Don’t Forget Your Lawn
Remember, curb appeal is important, especially when you’re trying to sell your home. You don’t want cooler weather to come in and ruin all the work you put into your lawn over the spring and summer.
Keep your lawn looking as green as can be by fertilizing your lawn now to prevent damage from the winter weather. Plus, fertilizing your lawn during the fall can help to turn your lawn green earlier in the spring!
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