Prep Your Home for Fall

Summer is coming to a close and Vermont's legendary fall season is merely weeks away. Taking the time this fall to inspect your home will prevent major headaches down the road. Whether you just bought your first home this summer or are thinking of selling in the next few months, here are a few tips to get your house ready for the changing weather.

Check Your Windows, Doors, and Insulation

Drafty windows and leaky doors can create an uncomfortable home once the temps drop. Check the weatherstripping and replace if necessary. A home with energy-efficient windows and doors will increase the value on the market.

Check out Efficiency Vermont for tips & tools, over-the-phone consultations, or an on-site assessment!

Programmable Thermostat

Speaking of energy efficiency, connected thermostats are growing in popularity. With affordable pricing options and easy to install directions, most homeowners can DIY this instant upgrade. While programmable thermostats have been around for decades, today's connected devices can learn your habits and can be adjusted from your phone. Set temps lower when everyone's out of the house or asleep.

Clean Your Furnace and Swap Your Filters

Now's a great time to get your furnace ready for the heavy lifting this winter. Clean soot and check the pilot light - if something seems off, then don't hesitate to schedule an inspection.

When it's time to close the windows and crank the heat, you'll notice pretty quickly that you didn't change the filters. Clean air is a necessity when the house is sealed up from the incoming elements.

Inspect Your Roof and Clean the Gutters While You're Up There!

Nothing is worse than getting to the first snowfall only to notice a pesky leak has grown into a major headache. If you're comfortable, break out the ladder and check your roof for problems. Vents, skylights, chimneys, and antennas are likely problem areas. Look for missing shingles and areas where water collects. Clean your gutters in preparation for fall leaves to ensure water is flowing freely from the roof to the ground.

If you're not a ladder-person, then call a professional to do it for you. Not sure who, give us a call and we'll be happy to recommend a few!

Check Your Walkways

Those uneven bricks and cracks in the asphalt are just a minor nuisance now. But come winter they could become a significant problem. Take the time this fall to patch cracks and reset bricks to ensure the freeze/thaw cycle doesn't take its toll.

Even if you're not planning on selling your home, these tips will keep your house in working order and will keep maintenance costs down. Quick fixes always help improve the value of your home right before you sell. These fixes will also keep you comfortable this fall and help with your peace of mind.

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