Fall Maintenance Endeavors for New Homeowners in Wichita Falls

New Homeowners - MovingBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Done well--you are a new homeowner!
 

After the movers have left, and you're legitimately a homeowner, instead of calling your landlord when the furnace goes on the fritz, or maybe the roof drips, guess who must repair it? That is right--you do. Odds are very good that modest fact was brushed aside in all your excitement over moving to Wichita Falls along with new stuff (that perhaps included a leaf blower), but now that autumn is unquestionably coming soon, it's time to ready your new home all set for chilly weather conditions. There's no need to stress, just abide by these helpful hacks and you'll be all set for chestnuts roasting on an open fire before you know it.

Furnace

To the extent that you love having A/C during summer, in the event it goes out for a couple of days you are able to survive. If your furnace has a winter break, particularly if it is within the center of a "weather event", your actual survival may be on the line.

Checking your furnace is a priority on the to-do list. If you are a intelligent home buyer, and you are, then chances are you had the HVAC examined before you closed on the new abode. You may have confidence that the mechanics are in solid condition, but you need to do these basic tasks at least each year. 

  • Replace filters--you need to replace your filters every three months, unless you have a permanent one. In that case, take it off and wash it on the same timetable.
  • Check that the vents are open and remove any debris from the unit--a leaf blower will do a decent 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--before you climb on the roof in Wichita Falls, ensure you have the correct step ladder along with a helper to steady the ladder and also catch you if you fall--or at the very least phone 911. Otherwise, work with a roofer to come get rid of the debris and clean the gutters.

For everybody who is positive you can proceed up there and return safe and sound, here is what you should do. 

  • Clear away any tree twigs or other sorts of rubble that is up there.
  • Clean up the gutters. Plugged rain gutters cause more roof damage compared to snow, wind, and rain--if the water is unable to circulate easily through, pooling water causes leaks. Pooling water that freezes seeps into roofing shingles which will help your roof to leak faster. The leaf blower is quite beneficial for gutter cleaning, as well. Buying a clog-free rain gutter system is a wise idea for those who have a wooded lot. 

Windows and Doors

Should your house has current, energy-efficient windows and doors, clean the clutter from the frames and look that the weather-stripping is uncluttered and tidy. This is a good project for a breezy day--it is less difficult to determine if there are holes when you can feel the breeze. In the event the weather-stripping is degrading, exchange it--it's inexpensive and available in a variety of colors at home improvement stores.

If you've got older windows with screens, take off the screens and exchange them with storm windows. The storms are more substantial glass that can help keep warmth.

Chimney

Again, given that you have just recently attained the residence, the chimney for a wood burning fireplace really should be in decent working order. It is always a smart idea to check for any debris which is dropped in, along with small creatures which have chosen to nest there. You do not need your first roaring fire to become enhanced with eau de chipmunk.

Outdoor Furniture

The way you handle your exterior living areas will depend significantly on where you reside. In certain regions, you can use your yard year around; in others you have to commence buttoning up by the beginning of Fall. If severe weather is standard, cover your furniture or carry it inside into the garage or even basement, and cover up barbecue grills, also. Plastic toys (playhouses, sandboxes) require shelter, so cover all those as well--it's nice to have those outside for sunny days in the event the children need to get outdoors.

Great job on being a home owner in Wichita Falls, and if you don't presently have a leaf blower, go get one. It's the most convenient tool imaginable for house upkeep.

And, if you are looking to become a new homeowner and need help moving in Wichita Falls, give A-1 Freeman Moving Group a call!!

 

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