Preparing Your Home for the Fall

Unfortunately, the summer season is over.  The days are getting shorter and the weather is starting to change.  This is the perfect time to complete the housework that you have been putting off until now.  Not only is it the perfect time to wrap up the loose ends from the summer, it is also time to prepare your home for the fall and upcoming winter season.

Proper fall home preparation is especially important if you are looking at putting your Brea home up for sale.  Here are some important tips to get your home fall ready.

Indoors

Make sure to check all doors and windows for air leaks.  Improperly sealed doors and windows can really drive up your energy consumption and heating bills as the temperatures drop.  Make sure to replace all worn weather stripping or add more weather stripping to close gaps.  For doors, look at adding a door stop to the bottom of the door for a better seal.

It is also a good idea to have your heating system checked and cleaned. A properly running furnace is not only for safety, it will also ensure lower energy bills this fall.  Make sure to book early to avoid this busy season and lengthy wait times.

Finally, if you have a fireplace, make sure to properly check and clean your chimney and flue before enjoying a night by the fire.

Outdoors

The mild fall weather gives you ample time to get outside and do these important fall tasks.

Make sure that your gutters and eavestroughs are clear of debris, leaves and other contaminants.  Although we are in a drought right now in California, a heavy rain storm can quickly overflow gutters and create localized flooding.  Properly cleaned gutters can alleviate flooding or water damage and give the excess water a place to go.

While you are on the ladder, it is a good idea to climb up on the roof and inspect.  You should be looking for the following things:

  • Make sure all shingles are in good condition and are free of moss and are not curled. Replace all damaged or worn shingles.
  • Inspect all flashing between the shingles and downspouts to ensure a water tight seal.
  • Inspect the area around any vents on your roof to make sure that the caulking and seals are in proper working order.

Finally, make sure to keep your yard free of debris and leaves.  Not only are these fire hazards, but they can also plug storm drains and leave your yard an unsightly mess.  Make sure to have a rake and a compost area to dispose of yard waste.

It is so important to keep up on your fall home preparation.  Not only will it keep your home in working order, it will also, in the end, increase your resale value and decrease the number of items that you will have to replace.

If you are looking to sell your home and would like some suggestions on how to properly stage it for a fall sale, I would love to help you.  I look forward to hearing from you soon.

 

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