Fall Maintenance Tasks for New Homeowners in Denver

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

Great job--you are a new homeowner!
 

Now that the movers have left, and you're really a homeowner, instead of phoning your landlord when the air conditioner goes on the blink, or maybe the roof drips, guess who must make it better? That is correct--you do. Odds are very good that modest detail was brushed aside in all your excitement over moving to Denver and new things (that hopefully contained a leaf blower), but now that fall is really on the horizon, you should get your new residence all set for chilly temperatures. There is no reason to worry, just abide by these helpful hacks and you will be all set for chestnuts roasting on an open fire straight away.

Furnace

To the extent that you love having A/C in the summer, in the event it is out for a couple of days you are able to carry on. But if your furnace has a winter break, especially if it's in the middle of a "weather event", your actual survival may be on the line.

Inspecting your furnace tops the to-do list. If you're a intelligent home buyer, and you are, then you certainly had the Heating and air conditioning examined prior to when you closed on the new home. You should have confidence that the mechanics are in decent working order, however you ought to do these simple things no less than annually. 

  • Replace filters--you should swap your filters every 90 days, unless you have a permanent one. In that case, dismantle it and clean it on the same timetable.
  • Check that the vents are open and get rid of any build up from the unit--a leaf blower will do a decent job.
  • Switch to smart thermostat--they save lots of energy because they're set up to automatically reset throughout the day. 

Roof

Safety first--in advance of when you climb on the roof in Denver, make sure you possess the right step ladder plus a helper to steady the ladder and catch you should you stumble--or at the very least phone Emergency services. Or, use a roofing contractor to come remove the rubble and clean the gutters.

If you are positive you can get up there and return free of harm, here's what you do. 

  • Get rid of any tree branches or other sorts of debris that is up there.
  • Clean up the rain gutters. Stopped up rain gutters result in more roof damage as opposed to the snow, wind, and rain--if the water is unable to circulate safely through, pooling water causes leaks. Pooling water that freezes penetrates into roofing materials and will allow your roof to leak sooner. The leaf blower is fairly good for gutter cleanup, too. Buying a clog-free gutter system is a good idea in case you have a wooded yard. 

Doors and Windows

Should your residence has current, energy-efficient windows and doors, clean the clutter from the frames and check that the weather-stripping is clean and maintained. This is a great project for a gusting day--it is more straightforward to tell if there are holes when you can actually feel the air flow. In the event the weather-stripping is degrading, exchange it--it really is inexpensive and available in several colors at home improvement retailers.

Should you have older windows with screens, take off the screens and exchange them with storm windows. The storms are heavier glass that help retain warmth.

Chimney

Just as before, given that you have just recently purchased the house, the chimney for a wood burning fireplace ought to be in suitable working order. It is still a good idea to pay attention to any clutter which is dropped in, in addition to small creatures which have thought they would nest there. You don't want your first roaring fire to become enhanced with eau de squirrel.

Outdoor Furniture

How you take care of your exterior areas depends greatly on where you reside. In a number of regions, you can use your yard year around; in others you'll want to commence buttoning up by early Fall. In the event that nasty conditions are the norm, cover your outdoor furniture or perhaps carry it inside to the car port or even basement, and cover barbecue grills, as well. Plastic toys (playhouses, sandboxes) will need shelter, so cover those as well--it's good to keep those outdoors for sunny times in the event the kids need to get outside the house.

Congratulations on being a home owner in Denver, and in case you do not presently have a leaf blower, go get one. It's the best tool conceivable for home upkeep.

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

 

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