Fall home maintenance tips that can save you money!

SmallhousefallFall has arrived again here in Colorado, and before Jack Frost does his magic, homeowners need to prepare their homes to prevent costly repairs in spring.

Outside Maintenance Tips:
• Inspect gutters and downspouts; accumulated leaves can lead to ice buildup over winter and improper drainage.
• Patch damaged sidewalks, driveways, porches and steps.
• Inspect the roof for damaged or missing tiles and seal around flashing if necessary.
• Flush out sprinkler systems, shut off faucet valves (if applicable) or cover faucets with Styrofoam caps and store away garden hoses. Never leave garden hoses attached during freezes.
• Prune trees and shrubs and eliminate any dead branches present.
• Rake leaves.
• Service your lawn equipment and prepare to store for winter. Also, prepare your snow blower for winter use with an oil change, and inspect the mechanical parts.
• Fall is an ideal time to aerate and fertilize your lawn to allow moisture and nutrients to reach the roots over winter months.
• Check windows and doors for leaks, and caulk or install weather stripping where needed.
• Remove window screens and replace with storm windows (if applicable). Make sure you label screens to make them easier to replace in the spring.
• Clean and store patio furniture, or cover pieces that you intend to leave outside.
• Inspect window wells, vents and ducts, and clean out any debris.
• Cover air conditioning units.

Inside Maintenance Tips:
• Check your sump pump to ensure it is working properly, and check for wet spots or puddles in the basement or crawlspace.
• Check for leaks in the humidifier, water heater, and drain if you haven’t lately.
• Check clothes dryer vents and ducts, and get rid of any lint present.
• Inspect bathrooms and kitchen for any needed caulk or grout repairs.
• Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace batteries if needed. Also, check fire extinguisher inspection or expiration dates and make sure they are current.
• Inspect the attic to ensure there is proper insulation, and verify you don’t have any unwanted guests living up there!
• Bleed radiators if you have hot water heat (do not do this when system is in use).
• Have chimney cleaned if you have a wood fireplace.
• Clean or replace furnace filter.
• Have a professional inspect your heating system and gas fireplace.
• Clean refrigerator coils.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. For a small investment of money and time, you can prevent major repairs and enhance the safety of your home.

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