Fall Maintenance Endeavors for New Homeowners in Killeen

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

Done well--you are a new homeowner!

Now that the movers have gone, and you're really a homeowner, instead of phoning your landlord in the event the furnace goes on the fritz, or perhaps the roof drips, guess who has to repair it? That's accurate--you do. Likelihood is very good that small detail was pushed aside in your joy about moving to Killeen as well as new stuff (that perhaps involved a leaf blower), but now that fall is just on the horizon, it's time to get your new house ready for cooler weather conditions. There's no reason to worry, merely adhere to these practical hacks and you will be ready for chestnuts roasting on an open fire in no time.


Even though you love having A/C during the warm months, no matter if it is out for a couple of days it is possible to get by. If your furnace has a winter break, particularly if it is in the midst of a "weather event", your actual survival could be on the line.

Taking a look at your furnace tops the to-do list. If you're a intelligent home buyer, and you are, then chances are you had the HVAC inspected before you closed on the house. You ought to have confidence that the mechanics are in solid working order, however you should do these basic chores no less than each year. 

  • Replace filters--you ought to change your filters every three months, unless you have a permanent one. If that's the case, take it off and clean it on the same time frame.
  • Check that the vents are open and get rid of any dirt from the unit--a leaf blower does a pretty good job.
  • Switch to smart thermostat--they conserve a great deal of energy since they're programmed to automatically reset throughout the day. 


Safety first--in advance of when you climb on the roof in Killeen, make sure you have the correct ladder plus a assistant to steady the ladder as well as catch you if you stumble--or at least call Emergency services. If not, hire a roofing contractor to come remove the rubble and tidy the gutters.

For everybody who is confident you can proceed up there and back again free of harm, here is what you do. 

  • Clear away any tree twigs or any other rubble which might be up there.
  • Clean the rain gutters. Plugged gutters cause more roof damage as opposed to the snow, wind, and rain--if the water is unable to pass cleanly through, pooling water causes leaks. Pooling water which freezes seeps into roof shingles and will allow your roof to leak quicker. The leaf blower is fairly suitable for gutter cleaning, as well. Investing in a clog-free gutter system is a good idea for those who have a wooded yard. 

Windows and Doors

Should your home has more recent, energy-efficient doors and windows, clean the build up from the frames and look that the weather-stripping is clean and in good appearance. This is an excellent task for a blustery day--you'll find it less difficult to determine if there are holes when you can actually feel the wind. If the weather-stripping is degrading, remove and replace it--it is reasonably priced and available in various colors at home improvement retailers.

Should you have older windows with screens, take off the screens and change them with storm windows. The storms are thicker glass that help retain warmth.


Again, given that you've just a short while ago bought the property, the chimney for a wood burning fireplace should be in decent condition. It is always a good idea to pay attention to any clutter that has dropped in, as well as smaller sized creatures which may have chosen to nest there. You do not need the initial roaring fire to be enhanced with eau de bird.

Patio Furniture

The way in which you handle your outside living spaces depends significantly on where you live. In a number of parts of the country, you may use your yard year 'round; in others you have to commence buttoning up by the beginning of Fall. In the event that severe weather is standard, cover up your patio furniture or even take it inside to the car port or perhaps basement, and protect grills, also. Plastic playthings (playhouses, sandboxes) need to have shelter, so cover those as well--it's very nice to keep those outdoors for sunny times in the event the children really need to get outdoors.

Congrats on becoming a home owner in Killeen, and if you do not currently 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 Killeen, give A-1 Freeman Moving Group a call!!


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