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, rather than getting in touch with your landlord in the event the furnace goes on the fritz, or perhaps the roof drips, guess who has to fix it? That's accurate--you do. Likelihood is pretty good that small detail was pushed aside in your joy about moving to Killeen along with new stuff (that perhaps involved a leaf blower), but now that fall is really around the corner, it is time to ready your new home ready for cooler weather conditions. There is no reason to worry, merely abide by these practical hacks and you will be ready for chestnuts roasting on an open fire in no time.

Furnace

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, especially if it is in the middle of a "weather event", your actual survival could be endangered.

Taking a look at your furnace is at the top of the to-do list. If you're a intelligent home buyer, and you are, then chances are you had the HVAC checked out before you closed on the new home. You ought to have confidence that the mechanics are in solid working order, however you ought to do these simple chores no less than each year. 

  • Replace filters--you should replace your filters every 3 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 save a great deal of energy since they're programmed to automatically reset during the day. 

Roof

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 should you fall--or at the very least call Emergency services. If not, hire a roofing contractor to come remove the rubble and tidy the gutters.

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

  • Clear away any tree twigs or any other rubble which might be up there.
  • Clean the rain gutters. Blocked gutters cause more roof damage as opposed to the snow, wind, and rain--if the water is unable to run cleanly through, pooling water causes leaks. Pooling water which freezes seeps into roofing materials and may allow your roof to leak quicker. The leaf blower is pretty suitable for gutter cleaning, as well. Investing in a clog-free gutter system is a good idea if you've got a wooded yard. 

Windows and Doors

Should your house has newer, energy-efficient doors and windows, clean the build up from the frames and look that the weather-stripping is neat and in good appearance. This is a good task for a blustery day--you'll find it less difficult to determine if there are holes when you can actually feel the breeze. In the event the weather-stripping is degrading, remove and replace it--it's reasonably priced and found 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 which help retain warmth.

Chimney

Once again, since you've just a short while ago bought the house, the chimney for a wood burning fireplace should be in suitable condition. It is always a smart idea to pay attention to any clutter that has dropped in, as well as smaller sized creatures which may have decided to nest there. You do not need your first roaring fire to become enhanced with eau de bird.

Patio Furniture

The way in which you handle your outside areas depends enormously on where you reside. In a number of areas, you may use your backyard year 'round; in others you need to commence buttoning up by the beginning of Fall. If harsh weather is standard, cover up your patio furniture or bring it inside into the car port or perhaps basement, and protect bbq grills, too. Plastic playthings (playhouses, sandboxes) need to have shelter, so cover up 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 being 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 would like become a new homeowner and need help moving in Killeen, give A-1 Freeman Moving Group a call!!

 

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