Fall is the best time of the year to catch up on home maintenance—the air has begun to cool, and our weekly schedules begin to settle into a familiar rhythm after fun-filled days of summer. Knowing that winter will be creeping up on us soon, it’s time to make a to-do list for fall and start chipping away at it.
You may want to plant some bulbs this fall so your yard will have a bright pop of color next spring. While you’re at it, you’ll want to cut back most of your perennials, rake the leaves and lower the mower height the last time you mow this fall. Also, after you mow your yard for the last time, you will want to winterize your lawnmower, so it will be in peak condition next spring.
REMOVE SCREENS FROM WINDOWS
It’s tempting to save time and not remove the screens from your windows; however, removing the screens is a critical step in managing the air flow around windows during winter. Thomas Pinto from Champion Windows says, “Winters can be long, and people feel cooped up. Removing screens allows for better ventilation and a clearer view out the window.”
Another key step to caring for your windows, is simply cleanliness. Pinto adds, “It’s important to properly clean window sills and frames to help windows be as energy efficient as possible.” Warm soapy water and a damp cloth should do the trick.
PREPPING YOUR HOME FOR SALE
Part of caring for your home is always keeping an eye on resale and making sure your home is well-maintained. When the time inevitably comes to put it on the market, you won’t have a gazillion things to do to make it presentable for sale. Readying your home for sale involves more than a quick coat of fresh paint and tidied up rooms. You’ll want to make sure your home is running in peak condition, to command the highest price.
While it is a sellers’ market here in the Rochester area, you don’t want anything to derail your sale. Having an expert walk through your home with you—before you list it—to help you identify items that need attention will save you a lot of money.
John Mennenga, owner of Conspectus Home Inspection Services says, “A pre-listing consultation will help you identify specific tasks to complete before listing your home, and it will help you make informed decisions about what improvements, if any, you want to make so you can keep more money in your pocket.”
Halloween is such a fun time of the year. Candles flickering behind a scary jagged-tooth jack-o-lantern conjures up images of spooky fun; however, candles are exceptionally dangerous near trick-or-treaters wearing Halloween costumes that drape off their bodies and flutter about. The possibility of an accidental fire is heightened with dry
leaves falling and wind blowing. To be safe and still have lighted
jack-o-lanterns, substitute battery operated candles or glow sticks.
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK
Whether you plan to sell your home or not, maintenance is critical to your home’s performance and your enjoyment. Like housework, if you stay on it, it never becomes overwhelming; however, if you let things slide, it can be daunting to dig your way out of the backlog of deferred projects.
Essentially, the antidote for a well-maintained home is to create a home maintenance schedule and consistently follow it. The other key ingredient is to take action at the first sight of any minor issue because it won’t spontaneously resolve itself. When you do follow your maintenance schedule, it will enable you to feel empowered and in control—which is a good thing.
Cindy Mennenga is a freelance writer and along with her husband, John, owns Conspectus Home Inspection Services, LLC based in Rochester. Visit conspectusmn.com for more information.