Give your home an end-of-summer checkup with this chores checklist
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Just like your body, your home needs routine checkups and basic maintenance to stay in shape. Take time out before cooler weather arrives to handle these tasks.
Give a check from top to bottom. You should start by giving your home a thorough inspection from top to bottom, noting any damage or wear that needs your attention. Then be sure to look inward and outward as well.
Starting at the top.
- According to some experts the end-of-summer is an ideal time to inspect your home’s roof. After summer storms there could be damaged or missing shingles. Repairing them now will protect your home when winter weather arrives.
- Gutters and downspouts. Clean gutters and downspouts of debris to prevent costly repairs.
- Inspect your attic for signs of pests and damage. Take appropriate steps to remove pests and make repairs.
- The professionals at HouseLogic recommend having your chimney and fireplace inspected before colder weather arrives.
Working your way down.
- Give your siding a good once-over. If you are thinking about new vinyl siding it’s the ideal time to make the change. Cooler weather is best because during the heat of summer vinyl expands, then shrinks when temperatures drop. Improper installations during hot weather can lead to damage later.
- This is the perfect time to install storm windows. Also if your house has older, single-pane windows that are drafty in winter, you might consider replacing them with new, more efficient windows. Some experts also suggest giving windows a good wash before winter.
- Moderate temps and dry weather are perfect for touching up paint. If your house’s trim or wood siding is looking weary give it a fresh coat.
- Check for cracks and moisture. If damage appears to be severe contact a professional.
- Heating system. Remove and replace the air filter in your home’s furnace.
- Washing machine. Inspect your washer for built up debris and give it a good cleaning with a bleach-water solution. Pay special attention to the area of the seal around the door.
- Garbage disposal. Clean your disposal by flushing it with hot water and dish soap.
- Add two cups of vinegar to the bottom of the unit and run it on low.
- Check hoses. Inspect the hoses that are connected to your refrigerator, dishwasher, clothes washer, toilets and ice maker. If there are signs of cracking, leakage or wear you should replace them.
Does your interior need a facelift? According to the experts at Angie’s List fall is a great time for a remodel. As we head into cooler months projects needing warmer weather will be wrapping up and contractors will be available for inside work. Consider that kitchen of your dreams or putting on the addition you’ve been wanting. HomeAdvisor provides cost estimates and timeframes for various projects, which can help immensely with budgeting and planning. For example, a kitchen remodel in Minneapolis is $15,523 – $36,936 and takes two to two and a half months for completion.
Out and about.
- Take advantage of the remaining warm days to repair or resurface your asphalt.
- Give them a good spray with a power-washer.
- Outdoor hoses. Disconnect garden hoses from spigots. Drain both the hoses and spigots, then store your hoses inside.
- Outdoor furniture. Some experts recommend cleaning outdoor furniture before winter weather arrives. Allow it to dry and then cover for protection from winter weather .
- Wooden decks. Inspect for loose nails or screws and make repairs as needed.
Is your home in good shape? Work your way from top to bottom and inside and out with this checklist. By giving your home a thorough checkup you can rest assured it’s fit for winter.