Fall Maintenance Projects: Safeguard Your Home

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Autumn has arrived and with it comes the home maintenance projects. They can be daunting at times. Just remember to take them on one at a time and stay diligent. Farha HomeTrends offers this list as a guide to getting them all done. Soon you will rest at ease knowing your home is ready for old man winter’s yearly visit.

Exterior of Home:
Get your sprinkler system winterized by a professional
Disconnect any water hoses from outside spigots, drain and store until spring
Clean any leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts, be sure water is able to drain away from the foundation of the home properly
Check the exterior of the home for any new or worsening damage to the foundation
Look for any caulking repairs that might need to be made
Check the roof for loose or missing shingles
Clear dryer exhaust vent of all lint, dust, fabric or debris
Stock up on winter essentials like ice melting compounds and fuel for snow blowers and generators
Keep your snow shovels in a convenient spot

Interior of Home:
Seal drafty windows and doors or replace them with energy efficient units
Change air filters in your forced air furnace and schedule an annual service of the system
Clean and check that air vents and returns are not blocked
Be sure fireplace dampers are closed when not in use to prevent drafts
Get the chimney cleaned by a qualified professional on a regular basis
Reverse your ceiling fans to direct warm air down
Test and change the batteries in all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Get fire extinguishers serviced if due
Set/Program your thermostat at a temperature that keeps living areas comfortable
Insulate or wrap water lines that run through unheated or poorly heated areas of the house to prevent pipes from freezing and breaking

Now go enjoy those football games, family trips to the pumpkin patch or corn maze and then relax by a cozy fire with the ones you love. If you have repairs to the interior or exterior of your home or are ready for a new look, call and visit with us about options and a free consultation. 316-680-7514

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