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Your End of Summer Home Project Checklist

End of Summer Home Project Checklist

Fall is quickly approaching – have you completed all your end of summer home projects yet? With cold weather just around the corner, it’s important to make sure that your home is prepped for another winter.

Scheduling an annual service for your Furnace should be at the top of your list! It’s important to make sure that your furnace is ready for the cold winter months by having it inspected and serviced - this can save yourself a lot of money and discomfort if it breaks in the middle of winter.

You’ll want to clean your gutters and check to make sure that the water is draining properly. Clean, tended to gutters will ensure that your home is ready for autumns falling leaves and rain.

Set your Garden up for a successful season next year by weeding and pruning your perennial garden. Trim perennials that have finished blooming down to 4” in height & divide any groups if they are overcrowded or overgrown. This will ensure a lush and healthy garden for the following season!

Set up an appointment with a chimney sweep to have your chimney cleaned. You might not use your fireplace until late fall or winter, but that’s exactly why this is the perfect time to call a chimney cleaning service - they won’t be as busy and you’ll be ready to enjoy a warm fire on the first cold night!

Other projects you'll want to add to your checklist are to clean and store summer gear, trim trees in preparation for winter storms, and locate & block any animal-accessible attic vents. Getting these projects done before the cold weather hits can prevent many issues and allow you to enjoy your home!

 

Tips to De-Clutter your Spaces!

Tips to De-Clutter your Spaces

Whether you are getting ready to sell or just trying to maximize the space in your home, here are some helpful tips to de-clutter those extra spaces to make your home as functional as possible. Summer is a great time to declutter while the weather is nice! It's a perfect time to pull items out of the garage to decide what you need to keep and place it back in a more organized fashion by utilizing shelving, wall hooks, or a pegboard. The best items to start to get rid of first to declutter are the "I may need it someday" items. If the object doesn't have a current purpose then you should look into recycling that item. By getting rid of items you may never need again, it allows you to be able find the items you need easier. 

Three Problems You Never Want to Ignore in Your Home

Three Problems You Never Want to Ignore in Your Home 

A Malfunctioning Furnace 

If you notice yourself paying a higher than average Bill or if you notice an unusual sound coming from your furnace there may be an underlying issue that you want to address. It could be something as simple as needing a new filter that over time if not addressed could damage your furnace or even pose a safety risk. An unmaintained furnace can even experience mechanical failures potentially leading to gas and carbon monoxide leaks. 

By scheduling maintenance on your furnace regularly or when you notice these warning signs you can save yourself money in the long run by making sure that your furnace is performing at the highest level of energy efficiency keeping your bill down & could potentially save you the cost of an entirely new furnace.   

Roofing

If you notice when looking at your roof that you see signs of damage such as loose or broken roofing material, curled shingles, sagging roof, or loose flashing or if you notice any attic leaks it's a good idea to call and schedule a professional roof inspection. By catching problems early, you can save yourself the cost of a new roof. 

Water Damage

There are many signs of water damage to be aware of. Some of the most common indicators are damp carpeting, loose tiles, peeling linoleum and cupping wood floor. By calling a professional to find the issue, you can save yourself from possibly having to replace flooring and potential mold issues.