So you’re all done with fall decorating, but is your home ready for the winter? With the change of seasons comes changes in temperatures and several other elements that can aggravate the comfort and exterior look of your home. Therefore, it’s important to plan head and start working on those must-do projects to ensure your home will stay looking sharp and ready for the winter.
Caulk windows: Temperatures normally drop during the fall and winter, so it is important to make sure all your windows are properly sealed in order to prevent heat from escaping. Caulking and sealing any openings is actually a pretty inexpensive maintenance job that can potentially save you money in your gas bill.
Invest in a programmable thermostat: A programmable thermostat will not only save you money by using less energy on heating your home while you’re away, but it’s actually more convenient and accurate to use than traditional models. Also, programmable thermostats don’t contain toxic mercury that is usually found in the traditional models.
Exterior paint: The fall provides plenty of days warm enough to touch up the exterior paint of your home. A fresh coat of paint can help prolong the life of your siding and trim. Many paints aren’t recommended to be applied when temperatures are expected to drop under 45 or 50 degrees, so the sooner you get started on this project the better.
Roof repair: Lower temperatures can actually worsen small roof leaks. Therefore, it’s a good idea to assess the roof of your home and fix any small leaks before it gets too cold and wet outside.
Clean and repair gutters: Your home’s gutters prevent thousands of gallons of water from going into your home each year. This is why is super important to inspect them and keep them clean, especially during the fall when leaves start falling and can potentially clog your home’s drainage system. As a matter of fact, you can protect your gutters by installing mesh guards to prevent leaves and other debris from clogging your gutter in the first place.
Repair driveways and walls: Small cracks on your driveway can actually expand during winter’s colder temperatures. Cracked cement or disintegrating asphalt can also be a hazard to pedestrians. Fall is the perfect time to repair those cracks and make sure the don’t come back or get worse.