Fall Maintenance Tasks for New Homeowners in Denver

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

Done well--you are a new homeowner!
 

Now that the movers have left, and you're officially a homeowner, instead of getting in touch with your landlord when the air conditioner goes on the blink, or maybe the roof drips, guess who must make it better? That is right--you do. Chances are pretty good that modest detail was brushed aside in all your excitement over moving to Denver and new stuff (that with any luck contained a leaf blower), but now that fall is really around the corner, you should ready your new residence all set for chilly temperatures. There is no reason to worry, simply adhere to these handy hacks and you will be equipped for chestnuts roasting on an open fire straight away.

Furnace

To the extent that you're keen on having A/C in the summer, if it is out for a couple of days you can carry on. But if your furnace has a winter break, particularly if it's in the middle of a "weather event", your actual survival may be endangered.

Inspecting your furnace tops the to-do list. If you're a intelligent home buyer, and you are, then you 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 good working order, however you should do these simple things no less than annually. 

  • Replace filters--you should swap your filters every 90 days, unless you have a permanent one. If so, 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 pretty good 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 if you stumble--or at least phone Emergency services. Or, use a roofing contractor to come remove the rubble and clean the gutters.

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

  • Get rid of any tree limbs or other sorts of debris that might be up there.
  • Clean up the rain gutters. Stopped up rain gutters cause more roof damage as opposed to the snow, wind, and rain--if the water is unable to circulate safely through, pooling water leads to leaks. Pooling water that freezes penetrates into roof shingles and will allow your roof to leak faster. The leaf blower is fairly suitable for gutter cleaning, as well. Investing in a clog-free gutter system is a good idea in case you have a wooded yard. 

Doors and Windows

If your residence has current, energy-efficient windows and doors, clean the clutter from the frames and check that the weather-stripping is clean as well as maintained. This is a great project for a breezy day--it is more straightforward to tell if there are holes when you can actually feel the air flow. If the weather-stripping is degrading, exchange it--it really is economical and found 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 more substantial glass that help retain warmth.

Chimney

Just as before, since you have just not too long ago bought the house, the chimney for a wood burning fireplace should be in suitable working order. It is still a good idea to pay attention to any clutter that's dropped in, as well as little creatures that have thought they would nest there. You don't want the initial roaring fire to be enhanced with eau de chipmunk.

Outdoor Furniture

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