The wind is blowing, the leaves are falling, and the rain is back! Fall is in full swing and the colder months of winter will be here before you know it! Now is a great time for homeowners as well as home sellers to get your home in shape before the cold winter days arrive. Some of these helpful tips from Pillar to Post Home Inspectors:
Tip #1: Check your roof.
Fall and winter weather means a lot of moisture. Whether it is a big snow storm or buckets of rain, your roof will need to be ready to tackle all sorts of weather. Be sure to examine your roof closely for missing or damaged shingles. If your roof is left vulnerable to the elements, you could cause damage not only to the roof area but the inside of your home through leaks. It is best to have a qualified roofing professional come out and inspect the roof closely and repair it if need be. This can save you significant time and money down the road. If you are going to get debris off, DON’T pressure wash. There are specific products to treat moss and a roofing professional can tell you how to get the debris off.
Tip #2: Seal, seal, seal.
Make sure that the exterior window and door frames around your home are sealed and caulked well. Look for any gaps, and be sure that those are sealed tightly so no heat escapes from those openings. In addition, gaps can also allow water in, which means mold could grow, so be sure you have sealed everything as well as possible to prevent damage.
Tip #3: Clean the gutters.
The falling leaves and other debris around your house can build up in your gutters. If too much is in there, the gutters could be damaged or clogged. Be sure to clean out the downspouts and the gutters themselves.
Tip #4: Check your HVAC system.
Your heating system will be put to good use during the winter months, so be sure that you have had your system inspected so it’s in good working order. If you have a gas furnace, NW Natural will come out and inspect your furnace to be sure it is operating correctly or you can have a local HVAC company come do a complete service for around $150. While you’re waiting for your appointment, be sure to replace the air filters in your system – this will help it run more efficiently and save you money on your utility bill.
Tip #5: Put away the hoses.
When the weather turns to freezing temperatures, it’s important to drain and remove all hoses from your yard. Shut off the outdoor faucets and be sure that the outside pipes have been drained. Frozen or burst pipes can be expensive and can cause significant water damage, so be sure that you have completed this step well before the cold weather hits.
Following these simple tips will help you enjoy the comfort of your home all winter long. If you are ever in need of recommendations for local companies that can help you with roofing or other home maintenance projects, ask me! I have a handy list of reputable companies that can help keep your home in tip-top shape.