Seven Fall Home Maintenance Must
1. Check for Peeling Paint:
Inspect exterior walls to see if any paint is peeling or blistering on the house or outbuildings. According to Carl Minchew, Director, Benjamin Moore Paints, "Peeling paint is a sign that the existing paint film is failing and can no longer protect the siding of the building. Left uncorrected, the siding itself will deteriorate, leading to expensive repairs in the future."
2. Clean the GuttersAfter leaves have fallen, clean out the gutters and downspouts, flush them with water, inspect joints, and tighten brackets if necessary 3. Seal Windows Up If you feel any drafts around windows or doors, address them now to help keep your energy costs down. And, check your attic insulation, too. 4. Check Your Smoke and Carbon-Monoxide Detectors Even ones that are powered through your home’s electrical system typically have a backup battery that might need replacing. 5. Check Your Roof Remove moss from sloped areas and clear any debris from gutters and downspouts. Additionally, look for signs of damage/wear and make repairs as soon as possible. Use binoculars if you need to. Fall is no time for a leaky roof! 6. Fall Cleaning Clean and tune your furnace, boiler and/or water heater, along with your oven and range. 7. Review Your Fire Escape Plan Every bedroom, including basement bedrooms, should have two exit paths. Make sure windows aren't blocked by furniture or other items. Ideally, each upper-floor bedroom should have a rope ladder near the window for emergency exits. Review what to do in case of fire, and arrange a safe meeting place for everyone away from the house.