Fall & Winter Home Maintenance Tips
By Kim Bronder
There are maintenance tips other than interior decorating for Christmas and the holiday season! Here are a few suggestions to keep your home well maintained and ready for the winter.
Gutters & Roof! Be sure to clean all leaves & debris. If there are trees overhanging your roof, be sure to have them trimmed back so the limbs are at least 3 feet from your house. Get binoculars to check the roof, looking for signs of cracked or damaged shingles.
After cleaning out those gutters, get to work on raking, mulching and bagging those leaves from your landscaped area and yard. Most local waste companies will take bagged leaves so you don’t have to burn them. Don’t burn your leaves!
Fertilizing your lawn is important. Be sure to check with your local nursery for the best mix to stimulate root growth through the winter months. And now is the best time to plant bulbs for the spring.
Prune your indoor plants in late fall. If you have outdoor plants that are brought in each winter, be sure to rid them of any insects that may want to keep on living in your home.
Removing the garden hoses from the exterior faucets and drain your sprinkler system.
Make sure the interior windows are working correctly. Verify the seals and locks are working correctly on your doors as well. (It’s a great time to clean those blinds and or curtains as well!) While you are at it, check for leaks between the exterior trim and siding. Spending $5 on a tube of exterior caulk to seal those cracks will save you in the long run.
Don’t ignore that fireplace or woodstove! Even if you don’t use it, get it checked out. Look up the flue for bird nests, cracked or missing bricks and mortar. It is well worth the expense of having the chimney cleaned every other year.
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Kim has been with MAX since 2011 and has over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry. When Kim is not at work, she loves to travel, cook and read. Kim and her husband of 37 years are involved with Retrouvaille, a ministry that helps married couples strengthen and heal their marriages. She has three grown daughters, two sons-in-law and two grandchildren. Kim enjoys the spring and summer months where she can tend to her garden.