Fall Maintenance Blog - Jason Martini New Earth AVL Realty

It’s time to get those winter preparation projects finished now that summer is drawing to a close and cold weather is on the way. Finish up summer projects that may protect your home as storms approach while taking advantage of the longer days and warmer weather.

Some repairs—particularly those concerning your home’s exterior—are more troublesome to complete in foul weather. Postponing them may result in serious problems. If you fail to fix a roof leak, water damage, rot, and mold growth may cost thousands of dollars.

To begin, protect your home against severe winter weather by ensuring that your roof and siding can withstand the rain and snow. Then, proceed to tasks that reduce energy usage while boosting thermal comfort.

This list outlines the must-do maintenance tasks and their priorities so that you don’t get overwhelmed.

Have your heating system inspected

High Priority ✓

Have an HVAC contractor check your heating system before the heating season to ensure everything is in working order. At least change the furnace filters.

Have your chimney flue cleaned

High Priority ✓

It’s time to have your wood-burning fireplace or wood stove chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional chimney sweep if you haven’t had it done in the last year or two. Otherwise, creosote, a tar-like substance that accumulates on the chimney’s inner walls from wood smoke, can create a fire hazard.

Gutters and downspouts should be cleaned

High Priority ✓

It is crucial to control where water drains. Prior to heavy rains beginning, clean gutters and downspouts after the leaves have fallen. If necessary, tighten brackets and supports to prevent gutters from sagging.

Sealing and repairing foundation cracks

High Priority ✓

Mold, mildew, or flooding can infiltrate your home’s foundation because moisture can seep in.

Fix broken driveways and walkways

Medium Priority ✓

Rainfall can permeate cracks in a driveway or walkway, resulting in a tripping hazard as the cracks expand when it freezes. You can make the repairs yourself or hire a concrete expert for assistance.

Block off pests

Medium Priority ✓

When bad weather hits, rodents and other creatures look for food and shelter. Prevent them from entering by covering cracks in the siding and foundation with wire mesh and filling small cracks with expanding foam sealant.

Key points:

Before the chilly winter weather makes it harder, fall is your last chance to caulk air leaks, repair roof fractures, and clear drains.

Before you need it, have your heating system or furnace serviced.

Deep cleaning, carpet cleaning, painting, and radon testing are all examples of great things to do before spending more time indoors.

Now is a great time to sell!  If you or someone you know is considering selling your home or land, we would be happy to offer a complimentary consultation. Call New Earth AVL Realty today and Contact Us.

If buying a home, or selling your house in 2022 is your goal, call us  today.  New Earth AVL Realty and I would be honored to connect, and Be of service to you and your family! 

Many blessings,

Jason Martini



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