Fall Upkeep Projects for New Homeowners in Little Rock

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

Congratulations--you are a new homeowner!
 

Now that the movers have gone, and you are really a homeowner, as opposed to getting in touch with your landlord when the furnace goes on the fritz, or perhaps the roof drips, guess who must repair it? That's accurate--you do. Likelihood is pretty good that small fact was disregarded in your eagerness over moving to Little Rock and also new stuff (which perhaps included a leaf blower), but now that autumn is really coming soon, it's time to get your new home all set for colder weather. There is no need to worry, just follow these practical hacks and you'll be prepared for chestnuts roasting on an open fire in no time.

Furnace

Even though you're keen on having A/C during summer, no matter if it is out for several days you can survive. But if your furnace has a winter break, especially if it is in the midst of a "weather event", your actual survival could be at risk.

Inspecting your furnace tops the to-do list. If you're a smart home buyer, and you are, then chances are you had the Heating and cooling checked out before you closed on the house. You should have confidence that the insides are in decent condition, nevertheless you should do these relatively easy things a minimum of each year. 

  • Replace filters--you need to swap your filters every 90 days, except if you have a permanent one. If so, remove it and clean it on the same timetable.
  • Check that the vents are open and remove any debris from the unit--a leaf blower will do a pretty good job.
  • Switch to smart thermostat--they save lots of power since they're programmed to automatically reset each day. 

Roof

Safety first--prior to when you climb on the roof in Little Rock, make sure you possess the proper step ladder plus a wingman to steady the ladder and also catch you in the event you fall--or at a minimum call Emergency services. Or, work with a roofing company to come clear the rubble and clean the gutters.

If you're confident you can get up there and back again safely, here's what you should do. 

  • Remove any tree branches or any other rubble that is up there.
  • Clear the gutters. Blocked rain gutters cause more roof damage compared to snow, wind, and rain--if the water cannot flow easily through, pooling water causes leaks. Pooling water which freezes seeps into roofing materials which will help your roof to leak sooner. The leaf blower is fairly suitable for gutter cleaning, too. Getting a clog-free gutter system is a wise idea if you've got a wooded yard. 

Doors and Windows

Should your home has current, energy-efficient doors and windows, clean the debris from the frames and check that the weather-stripping is neat and in good appearance. This is a good project for a blustery day--it is less difficult to tell if there are holes when you can actually feel the breeze. If your weather-stripping is degrading, replace it--it is reasonably priced and found in a number of colors at home improvement merchants.

If you've got older windows with screens, take off the screens and replace them with storm windows. The storms are heavier glass that can help keep warmth.

Chimney

Again, considering the fact that you have just not too long ago bought the property, the chimney for a wood burning fireplace really should be in suitable condition. It is still a smart idea to check for any debris that has fallen in, as well as small animals that have decided to nest there. You wouldn't want your first roaring fire to be enhanced with eau de bird.

Outdoor Furniture

The way in which you treat your outdoor living spaces is dependent enormously on where you live. In a number of areas, you may use your backyard year around; in others you'll want to begin buttoning up by the beginning of Fall. In the event that harsh conditions are the norm, cover your patio furniture or take it inside to the car port or perhaps basement, and cover up grills, also. Plastic playthings (playhouses, sandboxes) need shelter, so protect all those as well--it's nice to have those outdoors for sunny times in the event the kids need to get outdoors.

Great job on becoming a home owner in Little Rock, and if you don't presently have a leaf blower, get one. It is the most convenient tool possible for house maintenance.

And, if you wish to become a new homeowner and need help moving in Little Rock, give A-1 Freeman Moving Group a call!!

 

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