Fall is the time of year when home maintenance is critical to keeping a home in tip top condition and making it last through the ages. As winter slowly begins and the nights get longer, keeping our home in repair for the coming months is naturally our instinct. Use this checklist to ensure your home is buttoned up in fall and ready for the winter.
An important aspect of your homes ability to stay warm in the coming cooler months is the use of weather-stripping. Plastic, foam, felt or metal; weather-stripping needs to work correctly, otherwise further damage to the window or doors can occur along with increased energy costs and lower home value.
Check each window and door for worn, moldy, ripped or otherwise corroded weather-stripping and replace is with new weather-stripping. Getting in touch with the manufactures can also help to get the correct replacement part.
Storm Window Check
Storm doors and windows are primarily used in cold winter areas and are a good idea to have them installed during fall when nights get cooler and longer. By the time winter roils around, you’ll be snug and toasty in your home.
Basement windows can be difficult to cold proof. Cutting a few pieces of high density foam to fit into the window opening either indoors or out, can help to prevent cold from seeping through basement windows.
Watch out for clogged gutters. During winter months when rain, sleek, snow and any other liquid Mother Nature might have in store for you come along, you gutters will be able to take the water away from the home.
If your roof needs to be repaired or replaced, winter is not the time to do it! Do a visual check with a pair of binoculars or venture on the roof if you’re brave. Check for any wear or tear around flashing and vent stacks, caulking any spots as needs with roofing tar.
Caulk and Paint Check
Replace any peeling or cracking caulk around doors, windows and other roof opening that might need it. Check paint around doors and windows as well. Any cracked or blister paint should be replaced before further damage from winters harsh conditions destroy your real estate investment.