IT’S BACK-TO-SCHOOL SEASON & A GOOD TIME TO PLAN FALL HOME MAINTENANCE
Kids lugging backpacks and the distinctive sound of school buses making their way through the neighborhood have returned. Trees are changing color, leaves are falling as days grow shorter and temperatures drop.
Whether you have children or not, Back to School season is a good time to reorganize and prepare for fall activities. It can also be a good time to plan and schedule home maintenance tasks that are best done while the weather is still warm and mostly dry.
ANNUAL FALL HOME MAINTENANCE TASKS
- Make Sure Gutters Are Clear of Debris
- Check Your Roof for Damage, Cracking, or Peeling Shingles
- Test Your Fireplace
- Inspect Your Water Heater for Signs of Leaks
- Change Batteries in all Fire and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
- Check Your Attic for Mold or Signs of Animal Infestations
- Inspect Major Appliances for Signs of Trouble
- Make Sure Bath Fans and Dryers are Exhausting Outdoors (not in the attic)
MAKE A LIST OF PROJECTS YOU HAVE BEEN PUTTING OFF
There are always annual tasks to complete in the fall, but each homeowner has a list running in their head of things they may have been putting off during the summer months. Now is a good time to jot those tasks down and commit to a schedule for getting them done before the cold and rainy days of fall dominate your days.
WHEN TO HIRE A CONTRACTOR
If you are not handy or familiar with a task, or maybe your schedule is just too packed to get to specific tasks, you may want to hire a contractor to do some of the work. There are several good sources these days for finding a contractor. Most sources include reviews and feedback on prospective contractors. Neighbors, friends, and family are also often good resources for a local contractor.
SCHEDULE REPAIRS AS NEEDED
Once you have completed your annual inspection, schedule any repair work you plan to hire out, as early as possible to ensure you get on your contractor’s schedule before the fall rush.
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