Here is a handy checklist of home maintenance chores you will want to complete before those final leaves change color:
1. Check walkways for cracks
2. Clean and repair the siding - September is a great time to use a pressure washer to clean it up-and inspect for more serious problems before winter comes. Check first for rotten or warped areas, and inspect your caulking, which can shrink and crack over time.
3. Check and repair leaky faucets – Just turn on the faucet, turn it off, and watch for any telltale dripping. Your fix might be as easy as replacing the washers on the faucet’s knobs, or you might have a worn cam washer, valve seat, or spring. Here is a step-by-step guide to fixing a leaky faucet from Realtor.com®
4. Make sure windows are sealed tight - All double- or triple-pane windows should have a tight seal around their perimeter that separates the individual panes of glass and traps inert gas between them, providing a break between the temps inside and outside your home. If you notice that your windows are frequently foggy, that’s likely a sign of a failed seal.
5. Sweep the chimney - “Built-up soot in your chimney can increase your risk of a chimney fire, and a clogged chimney can also increase the presence of carbon monoxide in your home by not allowing it to escape when you have a fire burning in the fireplace,” says Lindsey Pasieka of ConsumerSafety.org.
6. Change the air filters and tune up the furnace – this one is a good maintenance task to do every month because dirty air filters can lead to higher energy bills and irreparably damage to your HVAC system. Pros also recommend removing all vent covers and vacuuming pet dander, hair, and other debris that can accumulate and muck up your HVAC system.
7. Service the yard equipment - Autumn—not spring—is actually the best time to show some love to your lawn equipment before you put it away for winter. “It’s harmful for equipment to sit all winter long with old oil in the case and dirt on the other components,” says Lisa Turner, author of “House Keys: Tips and Tricks From a Female Home Inspector.”
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