Fall Home Maintenance Tips

    Fall is right around the corner and now is a great time to tackle some home maintenance projects!

    Gutters

    Clogged gutters can lead to exterior and interior flooding so keep on top of this routine task. Not sure where to start? Check out these tips from Bob Vila: Quick Tip: Cleaning Your Gutters

    Upgrade Your Thermostat

    Digital thermostats can save on your annual heating and cooling bills by automating your home temperature depending on when you are home or away. Some energy companies even offer discounts or promotions if you upgrade! Check out the Nest Learning Thermostat

    Check Your Exterior Faucets

    Be sure to prevent water from backing up and possibly freezing in your pipes by disconnecting your garden hoses from exterior faucets.

    Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

    Replace batteries and check expiration dates on your home’s smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Did you know that smoke detectors need to be replaced every 10 years and carbon monoxide detectors every 5-7 years? Don’t Wait, Check the Date! – National Fire Protection Association

    Prepare Your Fireplace

    Make sure you are ready for colder weather by looking inside your fireplace flue and checking that the damper opens and closes properly. While you’re there, make sure the flue is clear of any obstructions like bird nests, branches or leaves.

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