Fall Upkeep Projects for New Homeowners in Atlanta

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

Congratulations--you are a new homeowner!
 

Now that the movers have gone, and you're legitimately a homeowner, instead of phoning your landlord in the event the furnace goes on the fritz, or the roof leaks, guess who must fix it? That's correct--you do. Odds are pretty good that little fact was disregarded in all your excitement over moving to Atlanta and also new things (which perhaps included a leaf blower), but now that fall is really on the horizon, it's time to prepare your new house prepared for chilly weather conditions. There isn't any reason to stress, simply abide by these helpful hacks and you'll be equipped for chestnuts roasting on an open fire before you know it.

Furnace

To the extent that you enjoy having A/C in the summertime, in the event it breaks down for a couple of days you are able to get by. If your furnace has a winter break, especially if it is in the middle of a "weather event", your actual survival could be on the line.

Taking a look at your furnace is a priority on the to-do list. If you are a smart home buyer, and you are, then you certainly had the HVAC inspected prior to when you closed on the house. You may have confidence that the mechanics are in solid condition, however you should do these simple things a minimum of every year. 

  • Replace filters--you need to swap your filters every three months, unless you have a permanent one. If so, dismantle it and wash it on the same time frame.
  • Check that the vents are open and take away any build up from the unit--a leaf blower does a great job.
  • Switch to smart thermostat--they conserve lots of power since they're set up to automatically reset during the day. 

Roof

Safety first--before you get on the roof in Atlanta, ensure you have the appropriate ladder plus a assistant to steady the ladder and also catch you should you fall--or at the very least phone Emergency services. Otherwise, hire a roofer to come get rid of the rubble and clean the gutters.

If you're positive you can go up there and back again safely, here is what you need to do. 

  • Get rid of any tree branches or any other debris which might be up there.
  • Clear the rain gutters. Blocked rain gutters lead to more roof damage as opposed to the snow, wind, and rain--if the water cannot pass cleanly through, pooling water results in leaks. Pooling water which freezes seeps into roofing shingles and may help your roof to leak faster. The leaf blower is quite suitable for gutter maintenance, too. Getting a clog-free gutter system is a good option for those who have a wooded yard. 

Windows and Doors

Should your residence has newer, energy-efficient windows and doors, clean the build up from the frames and look that the weather-stripping is clean in addition to maintained. This is an excellent project for a windy day--it is more straightforward to tell if there are holes when you can feel the air flow. In the event the weather-stripping is degrading, exchange it--it is reasonably priced and found in several colors at home improvement stores.

Should you have older windows with screens, remove the screens and replace them with storm windows. The storms are thicker glass which help hold on to heat.

Chimney

Once again, considering the fact that you have only recently bought the residence, the chimney for a wood burning fireplace really should be in decent working order. It's still a smart idea to pay attention to any debris that's fallen in, as well as small wildlife which may have thought they would nest there. You don't want your first roaring fire being enhanced with eau de bird.

Outdoor Furniture

How you take care of your outside areas will depend significantly on where you live. In certain regions, you can utilize your yard year 'round; in others you'll want to begin buttoning up by early Fall. In case severe conditions are standard, cover your outdoor furniture or perhaps take it inside in the garage or basement, and cover up grills, too. Plastic toys (playhouses, sandboxes) need shelter, so cover those as well--it's good to have those outdoors for sunny days when the kids need to get outdoors.

Congrats on transforming into a home owner in Atlanta, and in case you do not presently have a leaf blower, get one. It is the best tool conceivable for house maintenance.

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

 

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