The following six fall home maintenance tasks can help you identify potential problems before they arise:
TOUCH UP EXTERIOR PAINT
This is a project you can likely handle yourself (although there’s always the option to hire a painter). Look closely at your home’s siding, trim, and flashing to identify any areas in need of repainting. Then, remove some chips from the side and take them to your local home improvement store for matching.
While you’re there, grab the following supplies: primer, paint paintbrushes and/or rollers, painter’s tape, wire brushes, scrapers, rags, and drop cloths. Back home, scrape, prime, and repaint areas where the paint has been damaged by the sun or water.
CLEAN THE GUTTERS
Clogged rain gutters can cause backups, which can lead to expensive repairs. After the leaves have fallen, clean your gutters to remove leaves, twigs and other debris. You can hire a professional for this project, or do it yourself. Either way, make sure the gutters aren’t sagging, and that all gutter brackets are tightened.
CHECK YOUR GARAGE DOOR
Schedule an appointment with a local garage door repair professional to have your garage door inspected and maintained this fall. Garage door maintenance should include adjusting springs and cables; lubricating moving parts; tightening hardware, tracks, and hinges; and inspecting the safety sensors and garage door balance.
REPLACE FURNACE FILTERS
The changing season is also the perfect time to change furnace filters. This easy task, allows your HVAC system to operate more efficiently, ensuring better heat distribution. This is a job you should do every two months anyway, but if you haven’t, now’s the time.
Weatherstripping applied around the frames of windows and doors (your garage door included) helps prevent drafts and cut energy costs. “You can save more than $200 a year in heating and cooling costs” when installing weatherstripping, coupled with the right amount of insulation says Energy Star.
PACK AN EMERGENCY CAR KIT
If you plan on traveling to Northern Arizona this fall or winter, now is a good time to prepare for the unexpected by packing an emergency car kit. If you have a kit, replacing anything missing or expired. At minimum, you should pack jumper cables, a working flashlight, basic tools, a first-aid kit, blankets, snow chains, water and nonperishable snacks. It’s also a good idea to have your spare tire inspected.