Autumn Maintenance Tasks for New Homeowners in Austin

New Homeowners - MovingBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Congratulations--you are a new homeowner!
 

Now that the movers have gone, and you are really a homeowner, instead of getting in touch with your landlord in the event the furnace goes on the fritz, or the roof leaks, guess who has to repair it? That is right--you do. Likelihood is very good that modest detail got brushed aside in all your joy over moving to Austin and new stuff (that with any luck contained a leaf blower), but now that autumn is really coming soon, it's time to get your new home ready for cooler temperatures. There is no reason to panic, just stick to these practical hacks and you'll be prepared for chestnuts roasting on an open fire before you know it.

Furnace

Even though you're keen on having AC during summer, no matter if it is out for several days you are able to carry on. When your furnace has a winter break, especially if it's in the midst of a "weather event", your actual survival may be at stake.

Inspecting your furnace is at the top of the to-do list. If you are a bright home buyer, and you are, then chances are you had the Heating and cooling inspected before you closed on the new abode. You should have confidence that the insides are in solid working order, nevertheless you ought to do these basic tasks at least every year. 

  • Replace filters--you should replace your filters every 90 days, unless you have a permanent one. If that's the case, dismantle it and wash it on the same timetable.
  • Check that the vents are open and take away any debris from the unit--a leaf blower does a pretty good job.
  • Switch to smart thermostat--they preserve a good amount of energy as they are programmed to automatically reset during the day. 

Roof

Safety first--prior to when you climb on the roof in Austin, make sure you possess the appropriate step ladder and a wingman to steady the ladder as well as catch you in the event you fall--or at least contact 911. If not, hire a roofing contractor to come get rid of the rubble and tidy the gutters.

If you're confident you can proceed up there and back again safely, this is what you should do. 

  • Get rid of any tree branches or other build up that is up there.
  • Clear the gutters. Clogged gutters result in more roof damage compared to snow, wind, and rain--if the water cannot run easily through, pooling water causes leaks. Pooling water that freezes penetrates into roofing shingles and may allow your roof to leak sooner. The leaf blower is quite good for gutter cleanup, as well. Getting a clog-free gutter system is a good idea if you've got a wooded yard. 

Windows and Doors

In the event your house has newer, energy-efficient windows and doors, clean the debris from the frames and check that the weather-stripping is clean and in good appearance. This is an excellent task for a gusting day--it's more straightforward to determine if there are gaps when you can actually feel the air flow. In the event the weather-stripping is degrading, remove and replace it--it's economical and found in several colors at home improvement retailers.

If you have older windows with screens, take off the screens and change them with storm windows. The storms are more substantial glass which help hold on to heat.

Chimney

Just as before, given that you've just recently bought the house, the chimney for a wood burning fireplace ought to be in good condition. It's still a smart idea to pay attention to any rubble which is dropped in, along with small creatures that have decided to nest there. You don't want your first roaring fire to be enhanced with eau de squirrel.

Patio Furniture

How you handle your outdoor areas is dependent enormously on where you reside. In some regions, you may use your yard year 'round; in others you'll want to begin buttoning up by the beginning of Fall. In the event that harsh weather conditions are standard, protect your outdoor furniture or even carry it inside in the car port or perhaps basement, and cover grills, too. Plastic toys (playhouses, sandboxes) need to have shelter, so cover all those as well--it's nice to keep those outdoors for sunny times when the children want to get outdoors.

Congrats on becoming a home owner in Austin, and in case you do not already have a leaf blower, go get one. It is the handiest tool possible for house maintenance.

And, if you wish to become a new homeowner and need help moving in Austin, give A-1 Freeman Moving Group a call!!

 

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