There’s just something magical about this time of year. Perhaps it’s the lovely aroma of bonfires or the tasty Pumpkin Spice lattes at Starbucks. Maybe it’s the gorgeous red and orange hues in the trees or the promise of the holiday season just around the corner.
Whatever it is, we just love fall!
But if you’re a home owner, fall also signals something else: A need to update your home. After all, the change of the seasons always signals to home owners that they may want to take some time to fine-tune their home. And fall is no different.
5 Ways to Get Your Bethesda Home Ready For Fall
Here are five steps you can take to ensure that your home is ready for fall:
Inspect your furnace. One of a home owner’s worst nightmares (especially here in Bethesda) is to have the furnace die on the first cold night of winter. So make sure that doesn’t happen to you by turning it on and ensuring it works properly. If you can afford it, you may also want to contact a professional to have it cleaned.
Update your windows. Regular screens work fine during the spring or summer. But for the colder months, consider replacing your screens with storm windows. They will add extra protection to your home and also give you some extra warmth on brisk fall nights.
Make sure your gutters are cleared. Debris tends to build up in the gutters during the spring and summer. But it’s not until the fall and winter that that debris causes any trouble. So take the time to give your gutters a good cleaning.
Reverse the direction of your fan. If you do this, you’ll end up pushing warm air down in your home, which will help save on energy costs. Plus, it will be that much easier to get your home to the cozy temperature you want.
Inspect your home for leaks. Search the perimeter of your home and don’t forget to check out the basement. Leaks and cracks can wreak havoc on a home, especially when it comes to allowing destructive moisture inside your home. Plus, cracks and leaks give outdoor critters the opportunity to come indoors. Not something you want!
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