We have teamed up with one of our community partners, realtor Angie Miller of The Real Estate Group, who shares her tips on which home projects you should work on this Fall to prepare for Winter.
As a realtor, I not only think about helping people buy or sell homes, but also about the maintenance and upkeep of their most expensive investment.
With each season change there are certain house “chores” to put on the to-do list. Seasonal checks and maintenance ensure that (hopefully) no major expenses will sneak up on you — you will either avoid them happening at all or will be able to plan and save for when the time comes.
As fall approaches, I suggest you review these areas in your home and address those that are necessary…before Old Man Winter joins us:
1. Check around your entryways (front door, back door, garage entry and service doors) and windows for any chipping or peeling paint. The fall weather is a great time to tackle a large task like sanding and repainting these areas — never fun, but at least it’s not too hot!
2. Clean those gutters…again…and one final time after the leaves have finished falling.
3. Caulk entryways and windows to avoid drafts and get a head start on keeping the winter utility bills down.
4. If you have an asphalt driveway, you’ll want to apply a sealer before any snow piles on to keep cracking at bay.
5. Reverse ceiling fans to utilize the upward draft and redistribute the warm air.
6. Cover your outdoor AC unit to protect it from the harsh weather. They sell actual covers or you can just secure a tarp around it with a bungee cord.
7. Detach hoses from spigots and put a protective cover over your spigots. Take it from me…it only takes one year of forgetting to undo the hose and flooding the basement to never forget to do this each fall!
About the Author:
Angie Miller prides herself on one thing…treating others as she likes to be treated. She believes that by following that truth, no matter what she does in life, she will succeed while helping others. As an agent, she is not selling, but simply helping and guiding a client throughout the process, every step of the way. A buyer’s role in “the sell” is to visualize their family, furniture and decorating style in the house, maybe new paint colors, a garden or swing set in the backyard…and Angie provides assistance to ensure the buyer is afforded every opportunity available. With a strong sense of honesty and unwavering ethics, she offers her customers her helping hand in their real estate endeavor.