Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Fall is finally HERE!

While pumpkin spiced treats, hayrides and cozy sweaters make it a favorite time of year for many, the long awaited cooler temps also make it a great time to take care of some fall home maintenance tasks around the home.

Check these tasks off your list now so you can enjoy the cozy season ahead knowing your home is prepped and ready to take on winter.

Here is your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist:

INDOOR

  • Clean and store summer gear
  • Have furnace properly inspected
  • Remove any window air conditioners
  • Insulate exposed pipes as needed
  • Check accuracy of thermostat, clean and replace as needed
  • Seal/reseal doors and windows as needed
  • Deep clean your kitchen and appliances
  • Assess your home’s energy efficiency
  • Inspect and clean your chimney
  • Check your detectors and replace batteries as needed

OUTDOOR

  • Rake and remove leaves
  • Prune trees and shrubs
  • Clean gutters and rainspouts
  • Inspect roof and exterior of home
  • Clear and inspect your driveway, walkways, deck and railings to ensure winter safety  
  • Close or install storm windows
  • Store outdoor furniture and cushions inside
  • Remove hoses from spigots; drain and store indoors
  • Have chimneys and flues inspected and cleaned
  • Fertilize, reseed and water your lawn

We hope your fall is filled with joy, abundance and warmth. Enjoy!

Home Maintenance: Spring Edition

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Home Maintenance – Why is it Important?

Home maintenance is a sore spot for many homeowners. The amount of effort and money that goes into keeping a home in good condition can leave many homeowners feeling drained and unmotivated. If this is you, remember that owning a house as an investment.  Treating your house well can lead to a higher home value when you are ready to sell, which may result in more money in your pocket to purchase a more expensive home or to use towards renovating a new home. Taking the time to maintain your home now will also help prevent larger and more costly repairs in the future, saving you time, money, and frustration. And of course, if you maintain your home now, you can rest easy at night knowing your family is safe from any potential hazards.

 

Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

While doing your spring cleaning, consider the following tips to get your home back into shape after the winter season.

 

Indoor:

 

Clean windows and door screens

Dust light fixtures

Replace Batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

Inspect sink, shower, and bath caulking for deterioration

Vacuum lint from dryer vent

Change filter in the air conditioner and dehumidifier

Install screens on windows and doors

Clean kitchen and bathroom cabinets and throw away outdated food, medicine, and cosmetics

 

Outdoor:

 

Inspect roofing for missing, loose, or damaged shingles and leaks

Polish wood furniture

Refinish deck

Power wash windows and siding

Remove leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts

Have a professional inspect and pump the septic tank

Touch up peeling or damaged paint

Clean outdoor furniture and air out cushions

Service your lawn mower

Fertilize your lawn

 

Want these in a PDF form so you can cross off tasks as you go? Download a printable Indoor & Outdoor Checklist here. If you would rather have a checklist for the full year, you may download a printable Full Maintenance Checklist here.

 

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Fall Home Maintenance Tips

Tips for Fall Home Maintence

Begrudgingly, we must admit that the long sumer days are coming to an end and fall is almost upon us. To many this means, the end of lawn care and other outdoor home duties. A welcome reprieve from home owner maintenance responsiblilities? Not exactly. It’s time to prepare your home for cold weather!

If you are a new home owner, fall home maintenance may be something your landlord used to handle. If you are a seasoned home owner – you still may appreciate a few reminder tips that will help you lower your utility bills and protect your investment. For your convenience, we have compiled a few home maintenance tips to help you prepare for the upcoming winter:

Fall Home Maintenance Tips

  • Tune Up Your Heating System – Invite your friendly HVAC technician over to inspect your furnace or heat pump. He will ensure that your system is clean and in good repair. Preventive maintenance on your heating system will minimize the chance that you will have a furnace failure during one of the winter’s coldest days.
  • Reverse Your Ceiling Fans – Hot air rises. If you you reverse your ceiling fan (if possible) the fan will produce an updraft and push heated air from the ceiling down into the room. This will be especially helpful in rooms with high ceilings.
  • Check Your Attic & Roof – Air leaks and other areas of inadequate insulation will cause excess ice to accumulate on your roof – leading to ice dams. Ice dams can lead to melting water backing up and flowing into your home. Also be sure to visually inspect your roof for missing or loose shingles that may leak during storms or when snow melts.
  • Gut the Gutters & Divert Spouts  – Although the leaves have yet to begin accumulating – make sure you clean your gutters out as leaves pile up. Full gutters cause water to back up against the house damaging roofing, siding, and wood trim. Divert downspouts so that water runs at least 3 to 4 feet away from your foundation.
  • Turn off Outdoor Faucets – Disconnect garden hoses and drain water from your exterior faucets and irrigation systems  – then turn off the shut-off valve inside your home. Water in pipes can freeze and cause the pipes to burst as ice expands.
  • Mulch Instead Not Rake – Experts say that if you mulch your leaves while dry into dime sized pieces, instead of raking, the decomposing leaves with nourish your lawn over the winter.

We hope the these few tips help you to keep your home in good repair through the upcoming winter. If you have additional tips or comments on maintaining your home throught he winter – visit us on Facebook!

Inlanta Mortgage offers Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac agency products,  as well as a full suite of jumbo and portfolio programs. The company is  fully delegated HUD-FHA including FHA 203K, VA, and USDA approved.  Inlanta Mortgage also offers numerous state bond agency programs. Review Inlanta’s mortgage loan programs here.

Inlanta Mortgage is a multi-state mortgage banker based out of Brookfield, Wisconsin. NMLS# 1016. Inlanta Mortgage is proud to be a recent recipient of a 2012 Top Workplace Award.