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Seasonal Maintenance Guide: Fall - Find Local Contractors

Seasonal Maintenance Guide: Fall

Fall may be the time of year for jumping through piles of leaves and dressing up for Halloween, but it's also important to take some time to make sure that your home is in top shape for the coming winter. Home maintenance in the fall is an essential part of the season. Taking care of all of the most important parts of your home by the time winter comes rolling around will ensure that you and your home are prepared for the season.

Inside Your Home

To make sure your home stays warm and cozy during the winter months you'll want to make sure that you have proper weatherstripping for windows and doors. Making sure that your windows and doors are sealed properly will help you to reduce drafts and can help reduce your energy bill up to thirty percent.

Adding insulation to your home and inspecting your current insulation can help keep warm air in your home. As with weatherstripping, it can reduce your family's energy bill. Windows The essential areas to inspect and install insulation are around your attic, your basement and in crawl spaces.

Keeping your heating system clean and well maintained will prevent serious problems for your home in the future. This vital aspect of your home shouldn't be ignored. Routine maintenance for your heating system will help make sure that your temperature stays constant all winter.

While you are working on your heating system you'll also want to make sure to clean your air ducts. Having your air ducts cleaned will make sure that they stay clear of dust, mold and other elements that lower the quality of air flowing through your home.

For homeowners with fireplaces, you'll want to make sure that they are professionally cleaned and inspected. This goes for your chimney as well. To clean your fireplace and chimney it's best to hire an HVAC specialist who can make sure that your system is cleaned correctly and is in functioning order.

Outside Your Home

Perhaps the most important exterior maintenance for your home is roof repairs. Problems with your roof that are left unattended can lead to major problems down the line. You'll want to repair and replace any problem shingles, seal any cracks or openings where water and cold air could leak in, and check all the flashing. It may be best to hire a roofing contractor to inspect your roof for you.

Raking Fall Leaves

Deteriorating exterior caulking can also lead to energy loss in your home. Make sure all appropriate areas, such as openings for electric supply lines, drainage pipes and cable TV wires are well sealed.

During the cold winter months you want to do everything you can to prevent cold air from leaking into your home, but you also want to make sure that you keep moisture out too. It's a good idea to inspect your foundation for moisture problems and sloping walls that could mean larger issues with your foundation.

Did you install a new deck during summer? Make sure it stays looking just as nice next summer by taking the time to inspect, clean and seal your deck. Sealing your deck will protect your investment for years to come. Have other exterior wood surfaces? You should clean and seal those too.

Roof and Gutters

One of the easiest outdoor fall maintenance projects is cleaning your gutters. You should clean and inspect all of your gutters and downspouts to make you don't have any blockages that may cause them to overflow. You'll also want to fix or replace any part of your gutter system that is in need of repair.

In your backyard you should work on trimming back your trees and other shrubs, fertilizing your garden and raking up all the falling leaves. Landscaping maintenance for fall will help your garden come back better than ever in the spring.

These are just a few of our seasonal maintenance tips. You can find more tips and suggestions to prepare your home for the winter, increase your energy efficiency, and find local, quality contractors to help with these projects on

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