Autumn Home Improvement Projects

The temperatures are mild now, but before long you’ll be spending more time indoors than outdoors.

To make that time more enjoyable, and to avoid potentially costly repairs, take these 5 preventative measures:

  • Have your wood-burning fireplace inspected, cleaned and repaired by a professional prior to its first use to avoid chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Grab some color-matched caulk and take a tour around the exterior of your home.  Seal any cracks between trim and siding, windows and door frames, and where pipes and wires enter your house.  This will prevent moisture from getting inside and will help keep out the cold air.
  • Have your furnace or heating system inspected and serviced, and replace the filter.
  • Venture into your attic and check to see if the insulation is installed properly.  If it’s installed incorrectly, it could cause moisture problems.
  • Have you looked at your roof lately?  Now’s the time!  Any loose, damaged or missing shingles should be replaced.  Masses or moss or lichen can signal that the roof is decaying underneath.  Go ahead and get that repaired before the freezing temperatures, ice and snow arrive.

Doing those 5 things will help keep you warm and safe throughout the fall and into the winter!

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