Maintain your home’s property value by performing a little fall maintenance. As Benjamin Franklin said, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Repairs can be costly so here are a few tips to help you protect your investment.
Remove fallen leaves and other debris from your gutters and downspouts. A clogged gutter may lead to water pooling or ice dams. This can cause damage to your roof or siding as well as interior water damage. Gutter guards can cut down on the amount of time you spend doing this chore.
While you’re up top looking at gutters, take time to peek at your roof. Look for obvious damage and missing shingles. Also, check the areas around chimneys, skylights, vents and pipes for gaps and leaks. Many people feel more comfortable hiring a pro for this task. It’s worth it to stave off a major leak.
Wood-burning fireplace/stove chimneys need to be inspected and maintained every year. It’s best to have a professional Chimney Sweep inspect, clean and repair as needed. Proper chimney maintenance will protect your property value as well as your families safety.
Winterize Outdoor Faucets
Turn off valves to exterior faucets. Run the water to empty pipes completely empty. This step will prevent exterior water pipes from freezing and bursting causing water damage.
Replace Furnace Filter
Give your furnace a nice clean filter prior to firing it up this fall. This is great time to have your furnace inspected as well. A little tune up could prevent a big problem this winter.
Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms
Replace batteries and test to make sure your alarms are working properly. The average lifespan of a smoke alarm is 10 years. The average lifespan of a CO alarm is 5-7 years. Replace alarms according to manufacturer instructions and specifications.
Prune Shrubs and Trees
Curb appeal may not affect your property value, but don’t underestimate the importance of pruning. Be sure to trim away any dead branches so they don’t fall and damage your home during a winter storm. It’s best to keep all branches at least three feet from your home to protect the exterior.
A change in seasons is a great time for routine maintenance as well as home improvements. Fall is also a great time for exterior painting as long as temperatures are cool rather than cold. It’s a good time for window washing and power-washing siding. Refresh, repair or replace your deck or fencing in the cooler and less humid autumn weather. Give your lawn a little loving by raking and aerating in order to prevent grass from suffocating over the winter. In addition to exterior projects, there are also interior projects to consider. Deep cleaning, carpet cleaning and interior painting are going to be more pleasant when temperatures are cooler and there is less humidity. Open the windows and enjoy the fresh air before freezing Wisconsin winter weather approaches.