By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Done well--you're a new homeowner!
Now that the movers have gone, and you're legitimately a homeowner, as opposed to calling your landlord when the air conditioner goes on the blink, or perhaps the roof drips, guess who has to repair it? That is correct--you do. Odds are pretty good that small detail got dismissed in your joy over moving to Dallas and also new items (which perhaps involved a leaf blower), but now that autumn is really around the corner, it's time to ready your new residence ready for cooler temperatures. There's no need to worry, just adhere to these practical hacks and you'll be equipped for chestnuts roasting on an open fire in no time.
Even though you enjoy having AC during summer, in the event it breaks down for several days you can get by. When your furnace has a winter break, especially if it is in the middle of a "weather event", your actual survival may be on the line.
Taking a look at your furnace is a priority on the to-do list. If you're a smart home buyer, and you are, then you had the HVAC checked out before you closed on the new abode. You ought to have confidence that the insides are in decent working order, however you need to do these simple things at least every year.
- Replace filters--you ought to replace your filters every 90 days, unless you have a permanent one. If so, dismantle it and wash it on the same timetable.
- Check that the vents are open and get rid of any build up from the unit--a leaf blower does a pretty good job.
- Switch to smart thermostat--they preserve a great deal of energy since they're programmed to automatically reset during the day.
Safety first--prior to when you get on the roof in Dallas, ensure you have the proper step ladder and a assistant to steady the ladder and catch you if you stumble--or at the very least contact Emergency services. If not, hire a roofer to come clear the rubble and clean the gutters.
If you're confident you can proceed up there and return without any problems, here's what you do.
- Remove any tree twigs or other debris which might be up there.
- Clean the rain gutters. Plugged gutters cause more roof damage than the snow, wind, and rain--if the water cannot run easily through, pooling water results in leaks. Pooling water which freezes penetrates into roofing materials and will allow your roof to leak sooner. The leaf blower is pretty suitable for gutter maintenance, also. Getting a clog-free rain gutter system is a good idea in case you have a wooded lot.
Doors and Windows
If your house has current, energy-efficient doors and windows, clear the clutter from the frames and look that the weather-stripping is neat and in good appearance. This is an excellent task for a breezy day--it's more straightforward to determine if there are holes when you can feel the breeze. In the event the weather-stripping is degrading, exchange it--it really is economical and found in various colors at home improvement stores.
If you've got older windows with screens, take off the screens and change them with storm windows. The storms are heavier glass that can help keep heat.
Again, considering the fact that you have only a short while ago attained the house, the chimney for a wood burning fireplace really should be in fine working order. It's still a good idea to pay attention to any debris that has fallen in, along with small wildlife which have chosen to nest there. You don't want your very first roaring fire to become enhanced with eau de squirrel.
The way in which you take care of your outside living spaces depends enormously on your geographical area. In certain parts of the country, you can use your patio year 'round; in others you have to begin buttoning up by the beginning of Fall. If nasty weather conditions are normal, cover your patio furniture or even carry it inside in the car port or perhaps basement, and cover bbq grills, also. Plastic toys (playhouses, sandboxes) need shelter, so cover up those as well--it is very nice to keep those outside for sunny times in the event the children want to get outside.
Good luck on transforming into a home owner in Dallas, and if you don't currently have a leaf blower, go get one. It is the most convenient tool possible for house upkeep.
And, if you wish to become a new homeowner and need help moving in Dallas, give A-1 Freeman Moving Group a call!!
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