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 getting in touch with your landlord when 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 stuff (which with any luck contained a leaf blower), but now that autumn is just on the horizon, it's time to ready your new house all set for cooler weather. There's no need to stress, just stick to these handy hacks and you will be prepared for chestnuts roasting on an open fire in no time.

Furnace

To the extent that you're keen on having AC in the summer, no matter if it breaks down for several days you can get by. But if your furnace has a winter break, especially if it is in the middle of a "weather event", your actual survival could be at stake.

Taking a look at your furnace tops the to-do list. If you're a wise home buyer, and you are, then chances are you had the Heating and air conditioning checked out prior to when you closed on the new abode. You ought to have confidence that the mechanics are in solid working order, but you should do these relatively easy duties no less than every year. 

  • Replace filters--you should swap your filters every 90 days, except if you have a permanent one. In that case, take it off and wash it on the same time frame.
  • Check that the vents are open and take away any build up from the unit--a leaf blower will do a decent job.
  • Switch to smart thermostat--they conserve a great deal of energy since 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 wingman to hold the ladder and also catch you in the event you topple--or at the very least contact 911. Otherwise, work with a roofing contractor to come remove the rubble and tidy the gutters.

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

  • Remove any tree branches or other rubble that might be up there.
  • Clean the gutters. Plugged gutters cause more roof damage compared to snow, wind, and rain--if the water is unable to flow safely through, pooling water leads to leaks. Pooling water which freezes penetrates into roof shingles which will allow your roof to leak faster. The leaf blower is fairly good for gutter maintenance, too. Getting a clog-free gutter system is a good option if you've got a wooded yard. 

Windows and Doors

If your house has current, energy-efficient doors and windows, clean the debris from the frames and look that the weather-stripping is clean as well as maintained. This is a great task for a windy day--it is easier to tell if there are gaps when you can actually feel the breeze. In the event the weather-stripping is degrading, remove and replace it--it really is inexpensive and offered in several colors from home improvement retailers.

If you've got older windows with screens, take away the screens and change them with storm windows. The storms are more substantial glass that help hold on to warmth.

Chimney

Again, since 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 good idea to look for any rubble which is fallen in, along with little creatures 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 handle your exterior living spaces depends tremendously on your geographical area. In certain parts of the country, you may use your patio year 'round; in others you'll want to begin buttoning up by early Fall. If harsh weather conditions are normal, protect your furniture or even bring it inside into the garage or basement, and cover barbecue grills, too. 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 need to get outdoors.

Congratulations on being 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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