Fall Maintenance Tips for Home Sellers

With spring cleaning far behind, and summer fun all but over, it is time to start fall home maintenance, especially if you are thinking about selling. Consider making these home improvements to boost your chance of a sale.

  • Ensure you have adequate outdoor lighting. It won’t be long, and the days will be considerably shorter, which means buyers will need a well-lit path to your front door.
  • If you install the seasonal storm doors and windows make sure they are in good working condition. If they need repair or should be replaced, now is the time to take that step.
  • Pressure wash the exterior of your home – including the windows. As the leaves fall from the trees, your home will become more exposed to the scrutinizing eyes of potential buyers; so, make sure it’s appealing from the curb.
  • Clean out the gutters and downspouts keeping them clear of debris. This will also show that you care for your home.
  • Add weather stripping to doors and windows if needed; the time to address a cold draft or air leak is before the bitter cold sets in.
  • Walk around the exterior of your home paying close attention to areas that may need to be caulked (places like windows, doors, joints, corners or anywhere something protrudes from the wall/roof). Caulking is best done before the temperatures get too cool.
  • Check your HVAC system. Also make sure your furnace has a new filter and have the system checked out by a professional. A buyer will be asking for this to be done during a home inspection anyhow, so it is best to discover any problems early on.
  • A roof inspection may seem overkill, but harsh winter winds and heavy snow can take a toll on your home. It is important to take care of any damage now to avoid repairs during the cold winter months.

These fall home maintenance tips are quick, easy, and affordable. Do not have the time or you are unsure how to maintain and perform the proper repairs and/or maintenance? Call ANDY ONCALL®!

ANDY’s Helpful Tips!

Home Safety

Home safety is an important part of preventative home maintenance. In case of an emergency, all adults in your household should know where the following controls are located and how to turn them off:

  • Heating fuel (gas) main shutoff
  • Main electrical fuse/breaker box
  • Main water shutoff
  • Water shutoff valve for each toilet and sink in your home and your washing machine.

It is also a good idea to keep a wrench nearby each of these vital shutoff valves. As well, every home should have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and in the garage.

You can avoid personal injury by following a few safety tips.

  • Avoid overloading extension cords and electrical outlets.
  • Turn off appliances when you are not using them.
  • Do not store flammable liquids such as paint supplies near heating units.
  • Keep flammable objects such as dish towels, curtains, and aprons away from stoves, and do not wear loose fitting clothing while cooking.
  • If a pan catches fire on the stove, cover it with a lid and turn off the heat.
  • If a fire gets out of control, immediately leave the house, and call the fire department using a neighbor’s phone or a cell phone.
  • Develop an escape route out of your house and practice it monthly with your family.

Energy Efficiency

The fall season is the start of cooler weather and one of the most beautiful times of the year. Here are a few tips to remember to keep your home energy efficient as you transition to cooler temps and fewer daylight hours.

  • Set your heat thermostat to 68 degrees when you are home and even lower when you are not at home. For every degree you lower your thermostat you save about 2% off your heating bill.
  • Close your fireplace damper when not in use.
  • During the day, keep shades and curtains open on the south side of your home (closed on the north side) to allow for solar heating and close them at night to retain heat.
  • Wrap your water heater with an insulated blanket to reduce heating loss and save money on your energy bill.
  • Check your water heater temperature. For energy efficiency and child safety, set it no higher than 120°F.
  • Place a sheet of aluminum foil between the radiator and the wall to reflect heat back into the room.
  • Make sure your furniture is not blocking any heating vents or radiators.
  • Keep your outside air unit clean and clear of debris and/or weeds.
  • Use area rugs on hardwood and tile floors to keep your feet warm.
  • Turn off the oven a few minutes before food is ready and let its heat finish the job.
  • Use the self-cleaning cycle of your oven right after you finish baking. That will give it a head start in heating up.

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