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A regular program of home maintenance is a good idea for any home.While it's easy to slide on the monthly maintenance to your home, ignoring them can lead to higher bills, safety issues and make your home less efficient.Having a monthly maintenance plan in place lessens repair frequency and cost.

Some good indoor maintenance tips to prepare your home for fall and winter:

  • Have your furnace professionally serviced and cleaned now, before the cold weather strikes.This will assure your furnace is ready to take on the cold temps of an Ohio winter.
  • Check your furnace filters monthly and change regularly.
  • Dust your ceiling fan blades.
  • Check all faucets for leaks and replace worn washers.
  • Sink and tub stoppers should be flushed with hot water and baking soda.
  • Clean carpets professionally and be sure to treat stains immediately.
  • Check basement walls and floor for dampness.If you have a dehumidifier, clean it regularly.
  • Check all windows and doors to be sure the locks are secure, clean the tracks of the windows and replace any broken glass.
  • Clean and lubricate the tracks on any sliding glass doors.
  • Inspect washing machine hoses frequently and replace them if they show signs of wear.
  • If you have GFI outlets in your home, test them by pushing the test button and then reset it.If the test button does not trigger, replace the outlet or contact a professional immediately.

Now, here are some great tips to prepare the exterior of your home for fall and winter:

  • All exterior water lines and hose bibs should be protected from freezing.Remove all hoses, drain and store them for use next year.Drain fully and turn off the water supply to all outside faucets to prevent bursting when the weather turns bitter cold.
  • Have your siding cleaned and inspected for problem areas; repair if necessary.
  • Inspect and repair or replace weather stripping to prevent drafts and loss of heat.Using caulk to fill in cracks or gaps around any edges before winter sets in will make you more comfortable on those icy cold days and nights.
  • Walk around your house and examine air vents and clear away any blockages, check the foundation for cracks and leaks.
  • Remove window air conditioning units and seal the area properly.
  • Seal your drive and walks to prevent salt from damaging the surface.
  • Check the condition of your roof; best to use a professional that can safely access your roof.
  • Check gutter and downspout alignment and ensure water collects and drains properly.
  • Finally, move tender perennials into warmer areas, keep your leaves raked and trim trees and bushes away from your house.

Get your to-do list together to ensure your home is ready for all that white stuff and cold coming our way!

 

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