Fall Upkeep Projects for New Homeowners in Dallas

New Homeowners - MovingBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

How exciting--you're a new homeowner!
 

Now that the movers have left, and you are legitimately a homeowner, as opposed to contacting your landlord if the furnace goes on the fritz, or the roof leaks, guess who has to make it better? That is accurate--you do. Chances are pretty good that small fact got pushed aside in all your eagerness over moving to Dallas and also new things (which with any luck involved a leaf blower), but now that fall is really on the horizon, it is time to prepare your new house prepared for chilly temperatures. There is no reason to worry, just follow these handy hacks and you will be prepared for chestnuts roasting on an open fire before you know it.

Furnace

To the extent that you're keen on having air conditioning in the summer, if it goes out for a couple of days it is possible to get by. But if your furnace has a winter break, specifically if it's within the center of a "weather event", your actual survival could be on the line.

Checking your furnace is at the top of the to-do list. If you're a intelligent home buyer, and you are, then you certainly had the Heating and air conditioning examined prior to when you closed on the new abode. You should have confidence that the insides are in good condition, but you ought to do these relatively easy things a minimum of annually. 

  • Replace filters--you need to swap your filters every 90 days, except if you have a permanent one. If so, dismantle it and clean it on the same timetable.
  • Check that the vents are open and get rid of any debris from the unit--a leaf blower does a decent job.
  • Switch to smart thermostat--they save a great deal of power because they're set up to automatically reset each day. 

Roof

Safety first--before you climb on the roof in Dallas, make sure you have the appropriate step ladder plus a wingman to steady the ladder and catch you should you topple--or at a minimum call Emergency services. Or, hire a roofing contractor to come clear the crud and clean the gutters.

If you are positive you can get up there and back again safely, here's what you do. 

  • Remove any tree branches or any other debris that is up there.
  • Clean the gutters. Stopped up gutters lead to more roof damage than the snow, wind, and rain--if the water can't run cleanly through, pooling water results in leaks. Pooling water that freezes penetrates into roof shingles and will help your roof to leak faster. The leaf blower is fairly suitable for gutter cleaning, also. Investing in a clog-free gutter system is a good option if you have a wooded lot. 

Windows and Doors

Should your house has current, energy-efficient windows and doors, clear the clutter from the frames and look that the weather-stripping is uncluttered as well as maintained. This is a good project for a windy day--you'll find it easier to determine if there are gaps when you can feel the air flow. In the event the weather-stripping is degrading, remove and replace it--it is reasonably priced and available in a variety of colors from home improvement stores.

If you've got older windows with screens, remove the screens and replace them with storm windows. The storms are thicker glass that help retain warmth.

Chimney

Just as before, since you have only a short while ago attained the residence, the chimney for a wood burning fireplace ought to be in good condition. It's still a good idea to look for any rubble which is dropped in, as well as smaller sized wildlife which have decided to nest there. You wouldn't want the initial roaring fire to be enhanced with eau de bird.

Outdoor Furniture

The way you handle your outside areas is dependent greatly on your geographical area. In certain regions, you may use your patio year 'round; in others you'll want to commence buttoning up by the beginning of Fall. If nasty weather conditions are the norm, cover up your outdoor furniture or perhaps carry it inside into the garage or even basement, and cover grills, too. Plastic toys (playhouses, sandboxes) need to have shelter, so protect those as well--it's very nice to have those outdoors for sunny times in the event the kiddies need to get outside.

Congratulations on being a home owner in Dallas, and in case you don't presently have a leaf blower, go get one. It's the handiest tool possible for home maintenance.

And, if you would like become a new homeowner and need assistance moving in Dallas, give A-1 Freeman Moving Group a call!!

 

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