With summer quickly waning, and fall fast approaching, those in the Pennsylvania region know all too well that this is a good time to prepare for the coming winter months. Many people enjoy the fall, with the reduction of extremely hot days, and the cool evening air, fall is a favorite time for many folks to spend outdoors.
While lounging in the yard, be sure to include a few of these routine home maintenance steps to ensure that the house is ready for increasing cold weather, and the likelihood of another snowy Christmas. This is a good time to make sure that the PA homeowners insurance is up to date in case any costly repairs are needed.
- Clean those gutters
It may have been some time since it last rained, but it makes good sense to make sure those gutters are cleared out. As the leaves fall this should become a regular routine because any overflowing water from clogged gutters can damage the roof and lead to cracks in the home’s foundation.
- Replace any damaged or missing shingles
Cracked, broken or missing shingles will eventually expose the house to the elements. Nothing is more annoying than a leaky roof, and this is the type of preventive maintenance that will pay off in the long run.
- Trim any trees and bushes near the house
By allowing trees and bushes to grow too close to the house can lead to water damage. Keep them trimmed, or remove them completely to avoid any costly repairs down the road.
- Have a professional tune that furnace
Having the furnace checked out before the weather turns grim will keep smiles on the faces of loved ones. It can help to reduce temperature variations, improve air quality in the home and protect against carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Most, if not all, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors run on batteries, so check them at least once every season.
In addition, put unused lawn equipment away in a safe place for next spring. Have the chimney checked by a professional chimney sweep and, if necessary, clean it to get rid of creosote, which is flammable and can be dangerous.
These aren’t the only maintenance tips to follow, but this is a good start, and can keep homes safe and secure this autumn. Speak to an agent if additional PA homeowners insurance coverage is needed for any changes that have occurred since last year.