Home Maintenance for a Cozy Fall
As we bid farewell to scorching summer days, the arrival of fall brings a welcome relief from the heat. It's also an ideal time for homeowners to prepare their homes for the cooler months and potential fire hazards. At Universal 1 Credit Union, we understand the importance of maintaining your home, so here are nine essential yearly tasks to keep your household running smoothly as temperatures drop.
- Clean gutters: Regularly clear your gutters of debris to prevent standing water and roof damage. Frequent cleaning reduces the chances of dealing with decaying leaves.
- Mow and trim: Surprisingly, fall is an excellent time to fertilize and reseed your lawn. A well-maintained lawn enhances your home's value and curb appeal. Trim shrubs and grass one last time to keep your yard looking pristine, even in the dormant season.
- Prune trees: If you reside in an area susceptible to ice or snow, ice accumulation can harm your outdoor landscaping. Take advantage of favorable weather to trim or remove precarious branches, minimizing the risk of damage to your home.
- Power wash: Driveways, sidewalks, decks, and patios can accumulate grime during the summer months. Invest in a power washer to restore their cleanliness effectively.
- Outdoor furniture: Some outdoor furniture is designed for storage during the winter. Create space in your garage or shed for these items. Consider covering them with a tarp and storing cushions in vacuum-sealed bags for protection.
- Heating systems: Ensure your furnace is in good working order and replace filters as needed. This not only improves efficiency but also helps save on energy costs.
- Check for leaks: Re-caulk around windows and doors to prevent heat from escaping, keeping your home cozy and energy efficient.
- Fireplace safety: A chimney fire is something you want to avoid. Have your chimney swept or cleaned annually to ensure it's in top condition.
- Piping precautions: Check your pipes for proper insulation to prevent freezing and potential bursting during cold weather.
Staying on top of these tasks throughout the year is essential for maintaining your home's value and ensuring a comfortable and secure living environment. U1 offers home improvement loan options to help you tackle those essential maintenance projects and keep your home in top shape year-round. Learn more and apply online today.
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