Updated: September 24, 2020
Get Ready for Fall
There’s no denying that fall is definitely here and winter is just around the corner. With the changes in seasons, we need to get our house ready for what’s coming. Not doing so can be a costly mistake that could have been prevented with proper planning.
Nobody wants to clean out all the leaves and muck in the beautiful early days of autumn, but it’s now time to face reality and clean out those gutters. If they are left, the gutters will freeze up, clog, and water will eventually seep into your home causing nasty damage. After you clean out the muck, run water through the gutters to check for any misalignment that could cause water damage. Remember to empty and put your hoses away. Also drain the water from your sprinkler system if you have one.
Are you tired of cleaning out your gutters every year? Perhaps you no longer want to climb ladders risking your health? Try gutter covers. They range in prices but you can have economical gutter covers installed by doing some research. You will still need to check on them every other year, especially if you have alot of trees and thus leaves on your property. But they do cut down on the maintenance of cleaning out the gutters every year.
2. Seal cracks & openings
We’re throwing money away when we let the cold air in and the warm air escape from our house. Warm air will escape out of any cracks around our windows and doors and make our furnace work that much harder which means a high heating bill. Use caulking to seal cracks and weather stripping to seal air leaks from windows or doors.
3. Get your Heating System serviced now!
It’s better to make an appointment now to get your furnace’s annual check-up to ensure that it’s working properly. Why wait until you have to wait in line with everyone else?
Change the furnace filter if you have forced-air heating. Remember to change your filter regularly. Put a reminder on your electronic calendar to help you!
If you need to replace your furnace, buy an energy-efficient model. It really helps you save money and energy each month. Check with your local government to see what cash incentives are available.
4. Let their be light
One of the first signs that fall (and winter) is coming is that our days are getting noticeably shorter which means we may be leaving the house and/or coming home in the dark. Instead of fumbling in the dark, make sure you have appropriate lighting.
Motion sensored flood lights above the garage are a great way of adding lighting only when you need it. If you already have these, maybe it’s time to change the bulbs. Do it now, rather than the middle of winter where you’re up on a ladder on a slippery driveway trying to change them.
Light up your path along the way so you can see where you are going. Lighting common areas will help prevent accidents for you and your visitors. Especially when the snow and ice hits!
Will your walkway lighting get buried in snow? Consider installing one or two lamps for areas where you need more light. Use energy saving products to help reduce costs and save energy since outdoor lights tend to get left on for longer periods of time. Check to make the lights can withstand snow and ice. Some products also come with automatic daylight shut-off and motion sensors.
5. How’s your path and driveway?
Check your paths and driveway to make sure that there are not any loose stones or holes in pavement or walkway. Any loose stones or cracks could cause someone to fall and twist their ankle on a dark and slippery path at night. Repair your pathway now that it is clear.
6. Shovels, snow blowers and SALT
There’s nothing more annoying that waking up late one morning, rushing out the front door, to find yourself doing a balancing act on your front step from the ice that was “delivered” over night while you so very carefully inch your way to the garage to find that you have no salt, the shovel is buried at the back of the garage, and you have no clue as to the location of the ice scraper for your car.
Make sure your snow shovels or snow blower, salt AND ice scrapers for the car are all ready to go in a convenient spot and not buried “somewhere” in the garage. I had this problem last year and had to go and buy another ice scraper. I guess its good to always have an extra one handy.
I’m Debi Collinson. Designer. Stager. Real Estate Investor. In 2006, at the request of a realtor, I staged my very first home. Staging houses was just starting to become popular. I was very nervous staging my first house, but the sellers liked their newly redesigned home so much that they turned down an offer for full asking price. I went back to design school and have never looked back. Since 2006, I have been staging & styling spaces to make them look like they belong in a magazine page, and buying “fixer uppers” to fix up & either sell for a healthy profit or to rent them out. I’m currently living in my 8th “fixer upper.” Sign up to receive my e-mails of how to make your home stunning, how to sell your house for top dollar AND how to become financially independent one fixer upper at a time!