Bill Zoller, a Loveland, CO Home Inspector with US Inspect, LLC, shared this great list of things we should address around the home this fall.
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(My colleague, Chrissy Doremus, at U.S. Inspect, submitted this blog post yesterday. I found it very worthwhile and wanted to share with my readers at AR. There's no need to create a honey-do list from scratch! It's all right here!)
Here on the east coast, Hurricane Irene was THE event of the summer, and I didn't realize it at the time, but I think the storm swallowed up summer altogether! Because as soon as the weather passed and the waters receded, temperatures dropped significantly and fall already began to dig in its heels.
Summer is my favorite season, so I was a bit depressed--but it is September after all and the first day of fall is tomorrow--already?! Yup. So I guess this is just as good a time as ever to get prepped for fall maintenance around the house. Below, please enjoy the autumn portion of the U.S. Inspect Seasonal Maintenance Series.
A home care checklist for the fall season:
Exterior: Check foundation walls, steps, retaining walls, walks, patios, driveways and garage floors for cracks, heaving and crumbling.
Heating & Cooling:Service oil burning equipment and heat pump annually. Service gas burning equipment every other year.
Interiors: Check underside of roof for water stains, leaks, dampness and condensation.
Plumbing: Have septic tank professionally drained and cleaned every two years.
Doors & Windows: Check all weather stripping.
Exterior: Clean gutters, leaders, strainers, window wells and drains. Be sure downspouts direct water away from the foundation.
Roof: Check vents, louvers and chimneys for birds nest, squirrels or insects.
Doors & Windows: Check glazing putty on windows and check caulking for decay around doors, windows, corner boards and joints.
Plumbing: Drain exterior water lines, hose bibs, sprinklers and pool equipment. Check insulation wrapping on all water lines and drains exposed to weather.
(Thank you so much Chrissy for letting me share this with our readers. I couldn't have said it better myself!)
Chris Smith CSSBB
Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage