Top 5 Fall Home Improvements and Maintenance Tips
When you move on into your home and are looking for the best improvement to make this Fall Season which will keep you snuggly warm into the cooler seasons and then some, think of these top picks:
Weatherize: aka- caulk your interiors! Get some window caulking and go to town, with the appropriate sealant on the windows, doors and interiors spaces which could be leaking air. Buy the foam based sealants which expand to fill cracks to seal any exterior penetrations under your sink. This is a great way to see if you have air coming in from where plumbing lines have penetrated to the exterior.
Plug it up: buy this super-cheap behind the outlet weatherization blockers. These foam based weatherization strips that go on behind your outlet also block drafts from leaking into your walls when you have conditioned your air.
Insulate your attic: if you are able to add some extra insulation to your attic or crawl spaces, do it! You'll certainly enjoy having a home that it not heating and conditioning the neighborhood. Make sure you use the appropriate type of insulation for the space you are insulating and apply it in the correct direction.
Clean your Chimney: Before you use your fireplace, have your chimney inspected! Don't set fire ablaze until you have inspected your chimney to ensure you have a safe, lovely fireside!
Guard your Gutters: You don't have to buy those actual gutter guard things, just make sure you clean out your gutters after the leaves fall. In NoVa, we have a ton of leaves and particulate that come down in the cooler seasons, and when that weighs down your gutters and clogs them up, you can cause yourself a major water damage problem down the line. Keep your house happy by checking on your gutter, cleaning them out and keeping them in check.