2019 Idaho Real Estate Blog

Prepare Your House for Fall and Save Thousands Main Treasure Valley Life

Fall is a wonderful time of year, especially in Boise. The leaves turn colors, causing the whole look of the city to change. Football season is in full swing, baseball is in the playoffs, and the cool air brings a welcome respite from the summer heat. But, in order to enjoy everything fall has to offer in Boise, every homeowner must make sure their house is ready for the cooling temperatures. Here is a short checklist to follow to ensure comfort for your family and your wallet as the days cool down.

Prepare Your House to sell in the Fall

Now is the time to get started taking care of things to pepare your house to sell. These tasks and projects take time and thinking you can get them done in a single weekend is not a reality. This is also a good checklist to take care of your home:

Clean your gutters

It’s the job no one likes to do. But it is one of the most important preventative maintenance jobs you can do to save money. When leaves fall into your gutters, they clog them up and can cause a multitude of problems. Overflowing water can leak into your walls or foundation and cause even more financial stress. In addition, wet, clogged gutters in the winter will freeze, causing damage to your gutters and strain on your overhangs. Cleaning them at the end of summer when everything is dry makes the initial cleaning easier. Clean your gutters every week or two to make sure they don’t get clogged. Afterward, use your hose to run water through them to clear out any debris in the down spout.

Check your screen doors

Summer’s harsh heat and winter’s severe cold wears on your screen doors, leading to rust on the door and holes in the screen. If you have kids and pets, these problems get accelerated. Inspect your screen door early in fall. Make sure to clean it if everything is in working order. If not, replace it.

Inspect your shingles

This item on the list may be of lesser or greater importance based on the age of your roof. Regardless, inspecting for leaks, cracks, or broken shingles now will save you from having to spend thousands of dollars to repair your roof and water damage that may happen as as snow, rain, hail, and ice beat down on your roof.

Winterize your pipes

Burst pipes are one of the worst things to happen to a home. The pipe repairs take a lot of time and flood repair is very costly. Take time in the early fall to find exposed pipes or spigots. Make sure they are drained and wrapped in foam or vinyl insulation before it starts freezing overnight. With older indoor pipes to sinks and bathtubs, you may want to leave them dripping to keep the water inside them from freezing.

Seal up gaps

Gaps in door and window frames let warm air out, causing your heater to run longer and harder in order to heat your home. Find leaks by running your hand along windows and doors. If you feel a draft, apply some weather stipping. If the leaks are bad or if your windows are old, consider replacing them with new, more energy-efficient windows. Effective weather sealing measures can reduce your heating bills by up to 10%. Plus, new windows an in-demand upgrade when selling your home.

Test your heater

Speaking of your heater working hard, be sure to test it as well. Turn it on, and make sure every room warms up. If not, call a technician to have it repaired. It is much better to repair your heater when you don’t use it as much than have it fail when it is cold outside. Plus, heater repair prices tend to be lower in the warmer months.

Clean your chimney

If you have a fireplace, be sure to have the chimney checked and cleaned before you enter peak use season. Wood-burning fireplaces leave smoke residue and unburnt particles on the inside of your chimney. This buildup can restrict the flow of smoke up through the chimney and it may get redirected back onto your home. This is a massive fire and health hazard. Even gas fireplaces leave residue that needs routine cleaning. Cleaning your chimney will save you thousands of dollars as well as keep your family safe and healthy.

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Posted by AndrewS at 8/20/2019 2:00:00 PM
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