Ready Your Home for Fall | 5 Easy DIY Tips

Man checking gutter guard of roofFall is a great time of year to prepare your home for the cooler months ahead. There are many easy DIY tips that will help you ready your home for fall weather. We are going to share with you 5.

DIY Tip #1: Breathe Easy

Clear the air with monthly furnace filter cleaning.

Closed windows can increase your family’s susceptibility to allergens in the air. Replacing clogged and dirty furnace filters that trap in dust will improve the air quality inside your home. Additionally, it will save you cash while keeping your home heated at comfortable temperatures.

DIY Tip #2: Seal it Up

Does the inside of your home feel like outside? This likely means that heat is escaping through the windows and doorways of your home. Caulk is one inexpensive solution that can also end up saving you a lot of cash. There are many types—adhesive, latex, silicone, tape and vinyl to name a few. We like this.

DIY Tip #3: Ditch the Drip

Nothing is more inopportune than discovering that you have a leaky roof during cold & flu season.Inspecting your roof for corrosion, leaks and damaged shingles can save you time and money. Start by inspecting your roof from top to bottom, checking for cracks and metal flashing damage. Finding the source of the problem can be tedious, so why not stop the problem this fall before it starts? Not doing so could lead to potential larger leaks and water damage.  Always consult a professional if you suspect major damage.

DIY Tip #4: Fix Your Fireplace

Your wood-burning fireplace may be the most overlooked structure in your house. Underestimating the importance of regular cleaning and maintenance—especially during the colder seasons—will not serve you well.

You should have your wood-burning fireplace professionally cleaned and inspected every year to prevent chimney fires and exposure to carbon monoxide. While between professionally cleaning, be on the lookout for soot, creosote buildup, and smoke. To improve your fireplace’s efficiency, be sure to clean out its floor and interior, sweeping or vacuuming up ashes.

DIY Tip #5: Plan Your Escape

Does your family have a fire escape plan? If not, you should.

When it comes to fire, there is no such thing as small fire damage.  Reviewing your family’s fire escape plan should be an annual ritual. Be sure to create two planned exit paths in every room in your house, including the basement; a safe meeting place away from your home; there should be no furniture or other large objects blocking windows; and in the best case scenario; every upper-floor bedroom window should have a rope ladder for emergency exits.

Applying these 5 easy DIY tips will save you money and keep you and your family cozy during colder weather. Now your home is ready for fall!

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Nora Moore wrote on September 30th, 2015 09:09:01am
That's a good point that it is always better to catch a leak before it becomes a problem. No one wants to deal with water damage if they don't have to. I guess I should check for damaged shingles soon. Luckily, it has warmed up a bit again, so at least I won't be cold while I'm up there.