September 23, 2021
Plan Your Home’s Fall Maintenance
Making time for home maintenance tasks can be hard, especially when everyone is so busy. And spending an afternoon watching college football or going apple picking is a lot more fun than doing maintenance!
But, as a homeowner, the consistent upkeep of your home helps to preserve your its value and prevent some avoidable and costly damage. All of which can translate to more money in your pocket!
Maintenance in the fall is essential since it’s sandwiched between the hot days of summer and winter’s harsh freezing weather. It can be a productive time for you to complete certain tasks that are better suited for its cooler days.
Plus, these projects in the early and late fall can prepare your home and yard for the harsh days of winter ahead. Many homeowners are hit with expensive damage that could have been prevented in the first place. Don’t let that happen to you!
Now is a good time to look at your calendar and schedule some must-do projects over the next couple of months.
Some things to keep in mind:
Get Organized Today
Don’t feel overwhelmed with our list of fall tasks below. It is longer than other seasons and many might not pertain to your particular home. But if you stay organized, it won’t be too hard to handle.
I recommend creating a maintenance binder or downloading a maintenance app for your iPhone or other device so you can schedule and record your repairs and upkeep. That way, you’ll know exactly what you have to do each month and how to budget for it. On certain apps you can even set up alerts to remind you.
A couple home maintenance apps to look at are:
Homezada – this is a freemium cloud-based home organization tool. The app puts all your home maintenance projects in one place. It also allows you to track how much different repairs and maintenance cost. Making a budget is an important part of staying on top of your home maintenance. You can make a schedule and keep a to-do list. It syncs with iCal to prevent you from forgetting.
Centriq– The Centriq app simplifies home maintenance and managing the products in your home, such as appliances and electronics. As soon as you move in, take a photo of the product label of each of your appliances and systems and upload them to Centriq. The app fetches the user manual, troubleshooting guides, a list of parts, how to videos and more. Even better, Centriq alerts homeowners to any product recalls or safety issues so you can immediately be notified if you need to repair or replace something in your home.
Having a system in place means you’ll be able to store information on repair dates and costs, contact info for contractors, any receipts from purchases, warranties, model numbers and manufacturer materials.
You can customize the list below for your own home and put it in your binder/app for fall maintenance.
Doors, Windows & Attic
Fall is a good time to do these tasks so that you can save on winter heating bills:
Important safety musts before building fires when the cooler air hits:
Furnace, Ducts, AC Unit & Etc.
Get your heating system and other units in top shape now before you start cranking up the heat. Condo owners may be responsible for their own units:
Keep your home toasty warm:
Prevent small issues from becoming huge issues:
Prep your yard to enjoy if fully now but also prepare it for winter weather:
Power Failures & Severe Weather
Always be prepared to any weather disaster:
Find the phone numbers for your utility companies and put in your phone’s contact list and any alert apps/text services that your community provides.
Print out this handy checklist so you can check things off as you go or make notes to remind yourself to do some of these items next year instead. Just don’t let them go too long!
Email me and let me know if you have any questions and if you need any suggestions for contractors that could help get your list of to-do’s done.
A Look At Today’s Real Estate Market Comparing real estate metrics from one year to another can be challenging in a normal housing market. That’s due to possible variability in the market making the comparison less meaningful or accurate. Unpredictable events can have a significant impact on the circumstances and outcomes being compared. Comparing this […]
There’s been a lot of focus on higher mortgage rates and how they’re creating affordability challenges for today’s homebuyers. It’s true that rates climbed dramatically since the record-low we saw during the pandemic. But home affordability is based on more than just mortgage rates – it’s determined by a combination of mortgage rates, home prices, […]
If you’re reading headlines about inflation or mortgage rates, you may see something about the recent decision from the Federal Reserve (the Fed). But what does it mean for you, the housing market, and your plans to buy a home? Here’s what you need to know. Inflation and the Housing Market While the Fed’s working hard […]
Regan Van Kerckhove is a real estate agent affiliated with Comey & Shepherd Realtors. Comey & Shepherd is a licensed real estate broker in the State of Ohio and Kentucky and abides by equal housing opportunity laws. All material presented herein is intended for informational purposes only. Information is compiled from sources deemed reliable but is subject to errors, omissions, changes in price, condition, sale, or withdrawal without notice. No statement is made as to accuracy of any description. All measurements and square footages are approximate. This is not intended to solicit property already listed. Nothing herein shall be construed as legal, accounting or other professional advice outside the realm of real estate brokerage