Home Fixes to Make Before the Start of Fall
Fall is almost here! If your kids are headed back to school, you might find yourself with a little more free time to tackle home fixes. This is the perfect time to take out a home equity line of credit. The access to extra funds makes it possible to hire help and get your home ready for the fall and winter holidays and beyond.
Here are some home fixes to make before the weather starts getting chilly.
- Power washing: The weather takes its toll on your home. Sun, rain, wind, dirt and debris can all fade and wear your paint or siding. Consider renting a power washer to give your home and walkways a good scrubbing.
- Clean the gutters: This is the perfect time to clean your rain gutters, before September and October usher in heavy rains. Forgetting to clean the gutters could result in some expensive water damage.
- Look for roof damage: This is a smart time to have your roof inspected and repaired, before wet weather makes a big mess.
- Inspect and repair the deck: What does your deck or patio look like these days? This is a good time for you to inspect it for water damage, rot, mold, cracks and other damage. If there are issues, repair them before the fall and winter weather set in.
- Clean and store patio furniture: Your patio furniture has likely taken a beating over the summer. If you rent a power washer, be sure to wash your patio furniture thoroughly before covering and storing it during the colder months.
- General inspection: As you’re cleaning and repairing your home’s exterior, don’t forget to keep an eye out for any burgeoning problems. For example, you might notice that your siding is damaged while you power wash, or that your walkways are starting to crack and crumble.
- Clean and inspect your fireplace: If you’re planning to get cozy by the fire this fall, clean your fireplace and have it inspected. This will prevent issues with the fire and lower your risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Schedule an HVAC service appointment: Even if you have a fireplace, it’s wise to have your heater or furnace inspected in the fall, before the cold weather sets in. You don’t want an unpleasant surprise on the chilliest day of the season.
- Inspect the plumbing and water heater: You can use your home equity line of credit to pay for a plumbing inspection, too—the sooner you catch any problems, the less likely you’ll be surprised by a cold shower.
- Weatherstrip your windows and doors: To keep your energy bills down, try weatherstripping your doors and windows. This will prevent cold air from infiltrating your warm home.
- Clean and reverse your ceiling fans: This is also a good time to dust your ceiling fans and set them to rotate in reverse for the colder months.
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