Fall is almost here, bringing with it cooler weather, falling leaves, and the possibility of heavy storms in Texas. Living in Texas means being prepared for the seasonal changes and potential weather challenges. To ensure a worry-free autumn, it’s crucial to undertake some home maintenance tasks and make sure your home is ready for the upcoming fall and winter seasons.
Here’s a checklist of essential home maintenance tasks to prepare your home for the changing seasons:
Clean Out Gutters
Fall brings a beautiful display of colorful leaves, but they can clog your gutters. Ensure proper water drainage by cleaning gutters and downspouts. Repeat as needed after the leaves have fallen.
Inspect the Roof
Examine your roof for damaged or missing shingles or roofing components that could allow water intrusion. Consider replacing any compromised elements and assess the overall condition of the roof.
Seal Up Air Leaks
Address air leaks around doors and windows to improve energy efficiency and reduce heating costs. Weatherstripping and addressing structural issues can make a significant difference.
Inspect the HVAC
Have a professional inspect your HVAC system, ensuring it’s in good working condition. Regular maintenance ensures proper ventilation, which is crucial for a comfortable and healthy living environment.
Before using fireplaces during fall and winter, have them inspected by a licensed professional. Clean the fireplace thoroughly and ensure safety measures are in place.
Check Gas Furnaces
If your home has gas appliances, it’s important to have them checked for leaks and proper functioning before increased usage during the colder months.
Close Down Pools
Prepare your swimming pool for the end of the season by following proper steps to preserve the pool and equipment for the next season.
Review Safety Measures
Before the fall season begins, review and update your home’s safety measures. Check gas and carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, escape routes, locks, and alarm systems to ensure they’re in good working order.
The Onward Real Estate Team at Keller Williams cares about your safety and wants you to enjoy your home during the fall and winter seasons. Use this comprehensive checklist to prepare your home for the changing seasons. If you’re considering selling or moving to Texas, the Onward Real Estate Team at Keller Williams has all the resources you need to get started. Contact us today to learn more and make a smooth transition.