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Getting your house ready for Autumn and Winter seasons

Winter is coming, and so are rain, cold weather and different problems concerning power outages and the condition of your house. When the weather is hot there is nothing special to do around your house, your roof won’t leak, it won’t be cold, but there is always something you can change. For example, you can always change the color of your walls, the arrangement of your furniture, etc. At the end of the summer season, everyone wants to get their house in perfect condition for the following cold months. If you’re asking yourself where to start, take a look at our list and start improving your household.

1.Leaks and Drafts.

¬†Hire a professional to check if there is any leakage or drafts produced by your windows and doors. Who would want to feel the wind blowing even inside its house? If you’re able to do this on your own, go for it, but hiring a professional won’t be a mistake, he can even point out other malfunctions and fix them as well.

2.Programmable thermostat.

If you don’t have one, buy it, if you already have it even better. Set your thermostat to lower the temperature during the night. When you’re sleeping or if you’re not at home this will help you save some money you would spend on utility bills.

3.Roof and gutters.

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Inspect your roof and clean gutters before the autumn begins. Check your roof for damaged tiles, cracks or holes and clean the leaves and other dirt from it. Also, don’t forget the gutters.

4.Test home safety devices.

Rain and cold weather are undoubtedly a part of every Autumn season, heating your house is mandatory however before you start heating your home make sure each of your home safety devices works correctly. Replace the batteries in all smoke detector devices, test them and call a handyman if they don’t work.

5.Air conditioning.

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If you’re done using an air condition device, make sure you get it ready for winter. Even though you won’t use it anymore, it doesn’t mean you can leave it hanging like that. You will need to cover the outdoor units before the winter begins to prevent air leaks.

6.Doors.

After you check your doors and windows for cracks and leaks, make sure you get them ready for winter. If you’re using storm doors and windows, install them and reinforce all the openings. Don’t forget to check the seals around the doors and windows.

7.Leaves.

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Trim the trees and rack all the leaves from the backyard. Put them in one place or fill the garbage bags and leave it for community pick up. Even though this is just a beginning and the leaves will keep coming with each day, if you rake daily will make your backyard look great.

8.Firewood and Heating devices.

 

If you use wood to heat your home, make sure you get it ready for use. Stock up the firewood, cover it and keep it away from the house, it will prevent the outbreak of fire. Clean the heating devices and wait for the cold weather to begin.

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