When the heat of summer begins to fade, it’s time to start getting your home fall-ready. Fall maintenance is particularly important because it helps prepare your home for the coming winter months. Taking care of your home’s upkeep can help prevent serious issues down the line.
How to prep your home this fall and keep it safe all winter long.
Clean Your Gutters
During fall, it’s common for leaves to fall and clog your gutters. Make sure you take the time to clean out your gutters and downspouts. Clogged gutters can lead to overflow during rainy months.
Inspect Your Roof
Your roof is your first defense against the elements, so make sure that it’s looking good. Check for missing or loose shingles. Water can seep into your roof and cause some serious damage. Take care of any roof repairs while the weather is still mild. No one want to fix their roof in the middle of a blizzard.
Check for Peeling Paint
Check to make sure that the paint on your home’s exterior is in good shape. Peeling or blistered paint will not adequately protect your home’s siding. If peeling paint isn’t fixed, water and other nasty weather can cause your home’s siding to deteriorate.
Insulate Windows and Doors
Keep heat trapped inside your home by caulking around window and door frames. Gaps around windows and doors can allow water to enter your home and can cause cracks or even mold buildup.
Hire a Professional
There are a few maintenance tasks that are dangerous and should be handled by professionals. Your heating system should be cleaned and inspected by a qualified technician, and maintaining your chimney should be left to the experts.
This fall, follow these easy tips to prepare your home for the winter months ahead. Remember, part of keeping your home safe is having the right home insurance coverage. Contact the professionals at John Scott Insurance for all your home insurance needs.