End of Summer Home Maintenance

After a summer of great weather and fun, the last think you want to think about is getting your home ready for the winter months ahead. However, by following these simple end-of-summer maintenance tips, you can make it a stress free season.

Windows & Doors
With colder weather approaching, it's a good idea to inspect your windows and doors to make sure they are working properly. Check both the outside and inside of each for any cracks or damages and repair if required. Also, check the weather stripping and caulking in order to prevent warm air from escaping. If needed, replace the weather stripping and caulking too.

Furnace maintenance is also important. Start off by cleaning vents and replacing filters. Energy bills can be reduced if you have a properly working furnace; therefore, have a professional inspect your unit regularly. Taking these few simple steps now can save you time and money in the long-run.

Check your roof for problems. If shingles are missing or damaged, replace them. Also look at the flashing, gutters and downspouts. If a problem exists, chances are it could lead to water damage. Fixing the problem now will ensure a worry-free fall and winter.

The end of the summer is also a great time to do some last-minute painting, whether outside or in. Interior painting at the end of summer allows you to still open windows and avoid the harmful fumes. On the outside of your house, check your siding and trim for loose paint. Scrap the old paint then touch up with a fresh coat.

Preparing your house for fall and winter may seem like a daunting task. Follow these tips to ensure a quick and easy process.

SOURCE: Real Living HER September Customer Newsletter