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Fall Home Maintenance Tips

Ready or not fall is here and that means winter isn’t far behind. Take advantage of the beautiful weather now to get your home ready for winter. If you are a new homeowner, you may not know what you need to do to get your home ready for winter.  If you have owned your home for a while, this will be a good refresher. Let’s start with the exterior of the house. Take a walk around the outside of your home and see if you notice any peeling paint. This is a sign that your paint’s finish is failing and can no longer protect the wood underneath. Scrape and re-paint now before it leads to a bigger problem. Look up at your roof from all angles. Do you see any loose or missing shingles? This may be a sign that it’s time for a new roof and you should have a roofer inspect it now before it is covered in snow and ice. Don’t forget to check your gutters and downspouts. They probably need a good cleaning to get rid of built up leaves and debris. Clogged gutters can lead to ice jams and roof leaks, so if you can’t clean them out yourself, hire it done before winter. Check the caulking and weather stripping around doors and windows.   Replace any loose or missing areas which can lead to drafts and heat loss. Don’t forget your garage door. Make sure there are no gaps when it is closed. If your home has storm windows, remove the screens and put the storms up.  Leaving just the screens on all...

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