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6 Essential Fall Maintenance Tips

The weather is getting cooler, leaves are falling, and the holiday seasons are rapidly arriving. The sign of fall has come. As a homeowner, whether or not you are getting ready to sell your home this year, there are crucial preparations to get ready for this time of year. However, don't worry about getting overwhelmed. We have provided a list of essential tasks you need to do this fall: 

Clean your gutters.

The fall leaves may be beautiful as they change colors, but they can wreak havoc on your gutters. Clogged gutters can lead to the interior and exterior damage to your home. So, be sure you take the time to clear your gutters or hire a professional. Either way, make sure you get this done before the fall season is over. 

Clear away your trees.

If there are trees around your home, remove any dead branches hanging over your home, garage, or any walkways. In any stormy or icy weather, these dead branches are sure to fall, so you'll want to take care of them now. 

Check any safety devices.

Go through your home and test your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector. Be sure to replace any batteries if necessary. Take a look at your fire extinguisher as well and update that if it's been expired. Also, use this time to get your home checked for radon. At high levels, radon can be harmful. So, contact us at Homestead Inspectors for pricing information to having your home checked

Put away your outdoor furniture.

If you have any outdoor furniture outside, bring them inside. The last thing you want is any water damage or windy conditions destroying your outside décor. If you don't have storage space, purchase a waterproof furniture cover to protect them from the elements. 

Make any necessary repairs.

Walk around your home, and examine your walkways and driveways. Look for any cracks which can get bigger in icy conditions. You can repair these cracks with a concrete crack sealer. If you have any stairs or railings, make sure they are secured properly and are in good shape. Examine siding and your roof for obvious signs of damage.

Check your winter supplies.

Before the snow arrives, make sure the equipment you need, such as snow blowers, are working properly. Be prepared with any ice scrapers and anything else you'll need for driving in icy conditions. Plus, make sure your emergency kits are ready to go in your car and home. 

Fall is a great time of year to get essential home projects done. Use this time to also get to the essentials we've described above. If you plan on selling your home any time down the road, you'll want to do this type of essential upkeep. That way, you can relax knowing you and your family are prepared for the upcoming winter.

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