Autumn Maintenance Tasks for New Homeowners in Colorado Springs

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

How exciting--you're a new homeowner!
 

Now that the movers have left, and you are legitimately a homeowner, rather than phoning your landlord if the furnace goes on the blink, or perhaps the roof leaks, guess who must make it better? That is accurate--you do. Chances are pretty decent that small fact got disregarded in all your excitement over moving to Colorado Springs as well as new things (which hopefully contained a leaf blower), but now that autumn is just on the horizon, it's time to ready your new home all set for colder weather conditions. There's no need to stress, simply stick to these handy hacks and you will be prepared for chestnuts roasting on an open fire before you know it.

Furnace

As much as you love having AC in the summer, no matter if it breaks down for several days you can survive. But if your furnace has a winter break, especially if it is in the midst of a "weather event", your actual survival might be at stake.

Checking your furnace tops the to-do list. If you're a bright home buyer, and you are, then chances are you had the Heating and air conditioning inspected prior to when you closed on the new abode. You ought to have confidence that the mechanics are in solid working order, however you ought to do these simple duties no less than every year. 

  • Replace filters--you should swap your filters every 90 days, except if you have a permanent one. If so, remove it and wash it on the same time frame.
  • Check that the vents are open and remove any build up from the unit--a leaf blower will do a decent job.
  • Switch to smart thermostat--they save a great deal of energy because they're programmed to automatically reset each day. 

Roof

Safety first--prior to when you get on the roof in Colorado Springs, be sure you have the right ladder plus a helper to hold the ladder and catch you in the event you topple--or at the very least call 911. Otherwise, work with a roofing contractor to come remove the rubble and tidy the gutters.

If you are positive you can go up there and return safe and sound, here is what you should do. 

  • Remove any tree branches or other sorts of rubble that is up there.
  • Clean the gutters. Blocked gutters cause more roof damage than the snow, wind, and rain--if the water is unable to flow safely through, pooling water causes leaks. Pooling water which freezes penetrates into roof shingles which will allow your roof to leak sooner. The leaf blower is fairly good for gutter maintenance, as well. Getting a clog-free gutter system is a good idea for those who have a wooded yard. 

Windows and Doors

If your home has current, energy-efficient doors and windows, clean the debris from the frames and look that the weather-stripping is clean and maintained. This is a great task for a windy day--it's less difficult to tell if there are spaces when you can actually feel the wind. In the event the weather-stripping is degrading, remove and replace it--it really is inexpensive and offered in several colors from home improvement stores.

If you have older windows with screens, remove the screens and replace them with storm windows. The storms are heavier glass which help hold on to warmth.

Chimney

Once again, given that you've just a short while ago bought the residence, the chimney for a wood burning fireplace should be in fine working order. It's still a smart idea to look for any debris that's fallen in, along with small animals which may have chosen to nest there. You do not need the initial roaring fire being enhanced with eau de chipmunk.

Outdoor Furniture

How you treat your exterior living spaces is dependent tremendously on your geographical area. In some areas, you may use your patio year 'round; in others you'll want to begin buttoning up by early Fall. If severe weather is normal, cover your outdoor furniture or take it inside to the garage or even basement, and cover up barbecue grills, also. Plastic playthings (playhouses, sandboxes) need to have shelter, so cover those as well--it's very nice to have those outdoors for sunny times in the event the children want to get outdoors.

Congratulations on becoming a home owner in Colorado Springs, and in case you do not currently have a leaf blower, go get one. It is the handiest tool possible for home maintenance.

And, if you would like become a new homeowner and need help moving in Colorado Springs, give A-1 Freeman Moving Group a call!!

 

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