Welcome back to another Living Big on Less Money post. Today, I want to take a minute to talk about something that is super important – maintaining your home. Our homes are typically the most expensive investment we make. Why wouldn’t we want to take care of it?
October is a month filled with simple pleasures: cooler temperatures, leaves changing color, apple picking and every kid’s favorite holiday, Halloween. It’s also the time to take care of some home maintenance items to make sure you — and your home — are prepared for the months ahead.
***Please Read This*** I am not a professional. These are the things that I do to prepare my home for the fall. Some of the items I can do on my own and many I choose to hire a professional.
1.) Check the foundation for cracks and seal them.
2.) Make sure the sealant around your pipes and wires that enter the house is in good condition. If not, replace it.
3.) Look at your roof, are there loose, curled or missing shingles that could let rain, ice an snow in? Call your roofer and have them fixed or replace your roof.
4.) Check your gutters, are they tight and sealed properly? Do they need the debris cleaned out of them? Remember clogged gutters are one of the major causes of ice dams. Please, be safe when doing this.
5.) Are there any areas of peeling, blistering or missing paint on the exterior of your home? Make sure you touch these up. In the damp, cool weather these areas will only get worse and will damage your wood.
6.) Take your screens down. Wash them and store in the basement or garage until Spring.
7.) Make sure your doors and windows are properly sealed. Leaking air can raise your heating bill.
8.) Drain your water heater and remove the sediment.
9.) Check and clean your fireplace.
10.) Seal your driveway.
11.) Prepare all of your yard tools for winter storage. Clean them and make sure they are dry before you store them.
***Please Read This*** I am not a professional. These are the things that I do to prepare my home for the fall.. Many of the items I can do on my own and many I choose to hire a professional.
I hope you find this list helpful. I know it may seem long, but it won’t take that long to tackle all of these jobs. You will save money in the long run and your home will be the best looking home on the block!
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