That means it’s time to take a look around the house and see what needs to be taken care of before winter sets in. Fall home maintenance projects are all about protecting your home and preserving safety and comfort indoors for the long winter months.
Some are projects that you can take care of yourself, and some you may need to hire a professional to do. Which ones you want to tackle and which ones you want to hire out are up to you. It’s always a good idea to have Andy onCall out to identify all the maintenance that could be done: change furnace filter, repair drywall, repair loose doors and windows, clean gutters, put up storm windows, fix leaks, repair tile, winterize sprinklers, etc.
Keeping these projects in an acceptable price range is up to you and the demands of your home. However, you can knock off these a few at a time at a more cost effective rate than doing them each individually. The main thing you are paying for is the peace of mind of having these projects finished and done right.
Here are a few of the more common fall maintenance projects:
Testing your programmable thermostat — or adding one to your home: Each fall you want to make sure that your existing thermostats work correctly. A properly operating programmable thermostat will save you money on your heating bills.
Drain the water heater: Prepare your hot water heater for winter. Sediment buildup on a water heater’s bottom can interfere with performance.
Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors: This biannual maintenance is especially important before you turn on your heating system; get in the habit of using the devices’ test buttons to check their function once a month.
Clean the humidifier: Over time, humidifiers can get clogged and stop working, or even worse, send bacteria and mold throughout the house. Fall is the perfect time to make sure that your humidifier is clean and working properly.
Steady all handrails: Make sure all inside and outside handrails are secure, and repair loose railings, posts and spindles.
Refresh your colors: There’s nothing like a fresh coat of paint to bring a fresh new feeling to both the interior and exterior of your home. But you want to be able to air out the house to minimize the paint fumes. That’s one of the reasons painting is a perfect project in the fall.
Many paint products require the temperature to be between 70 and 90 degrees to dry properly. For the most part you can control the inside temperature, however, if a lot of cold air comes in through the doorways or windows, it could adversely affect the paint job.
Exterior paint products advise painting in temperatures above 40 degrees. Most of the paints in use today are latex or acrylic and are temperature sensitive. Problems arise when the paint freezes, and does not dry properly. So if this is on your list, then fall is the perfect time to tackle this.
Andy onCall can help you to identify other projects that you may need to do as well as taking care of the projects that you do not want to do yourself. Call us today to schedule a walk-through consultation, or to schedule us to work on your fall projects.
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