Fall is officially here--even if that cool autumn air has yet to make its presence felt in DFW. But rest assured, the cool air is coming, the leaves will soon be turning, and we'll be enjoying some of the most pleasant weather of the year before you know it. With fall on the way, this is the time to run through your seasonal home maintenance checklist and make sure everything is in order. Taking the necessary steps now will help you prepare your home for the change in seasons, and provides the perfect excuse to give your home's key systems a thorough review.
Our team at RE/MAX DFW Associates is here to help, with five fall maintenance items that need to be on your “must-do” list whether you plan to sell, buy, or just get your current home ready for winter.
Five Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Fall
1. Clean Gutters – The leaves put on a beautiful, colorful show in the fall, but once the show's over those leaves will fall down and often take up residence in your gutters. For gutters to work effectively, water needs to be able to flow freely from the roof, to the gutter, and finally to the downspout. Clogged gutters can lead to leaks or permanent gutter damage, so it's important to keep your gutters clean. Clean them once at the start of the season, and one more time once the leaves have mostly fallen.
2. HVAC Check – Your heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems worked hard to keep you cool during the summer, and may need a little maintenance to be ready for the fall weather. Change any necessary filters based on the manufacturer's directions, and consider having an HVAC expert give your system a tune-up, if you haven't done so recently.
3. Deal with Drafts – Cool air from outside can make it uncomfortable indoors, and drafts also have a negative impact on the efficiency of your HVAC systems. Fortunately, the fix is usually simple. You can seal windows and doors with caulk and use spray foam in out-of-sight areas that need some extra insulation. Be sure that all vents are well-insulated, as well, and don't forget to check your basement.
4. Landscaping Maintenance – Fall is an excellent time to prune and clean up your outdoor vegetation. Cooler weather means fewer bugs, and once the leaves start falling you'll be able to prune spots that would have been tough to reach during the summer. Pruning in the fall will also make it easier to get your outdoor landscaping looking great again once spring rolls around.
5. Fireplace Safety – If you enjoy using a fireplace or wood-burning stove for some extra atmosphere during the winter, it's very important to keep up with chimney maintenance. Why not handle it before the temperature starts to drop? Chimney cleaning is one area where calling in professional help will make your life much easier (and safer). Given the fire risk that comes with a poorly maintained chimney, the modest price of a proper cleaning is more than worth it.
Fall is a great time to make sure that must-do home maintenance tasks are taken care of, and it's also one of the most popular times of year to start your search for a new home. If you've been house hunting for the perfect home in the DFW Metro area, there's only one name you need to know. Contact RE/MAX DFW Associates to buy homes in the Dallas-Fort Worth real estate area.