Autumn Maintenance Projects for New Homeowners in Little Rock

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

How exciting--you're a new homeowner!
 

After the movers have gone, and you're really a homeowner, as opposed to getting in touch with your landlord when the air conditioner goes on the blink, or the roof leaks, guess who has to fix it? That's correct--you do. Chances are very good that small fact was disregarded in all your exhilaration about moving to Little Rock and new stuff (which with any luck contained a leaf blower), but now that autumn is unquestionably coming soon, it is time to ready your new residence ready for cooler temperatures. There isn't any need to worry, just adhere to these helpful hacks and you'll be equipped for chestnuts roasting on an open fire straight away.

Furnace

As much as you're keen on having AC in the summer, no matter if it breaks down for a couple of days you can get by. When your furnace has a winter break, especially if it is in the middle of a "weather event", your actual survival may be on the line.

Inspecting your furnace is at the top of the to-do list. If you're a bright home buyer, and you are, then you certainly had the HVAC checked out before you closed on the house. You should have confidence that the insides are in good condition, however you should do these basic things a minimum of each year. 

  • Replace filters--you should change your filters every three months, except if you have a permanent one. In that case, remove it and wash it on the same time frame.
  • Check that the vents are open and remove any debris from the unit--a leaf blower does a decent job.
  • Switch to smart thermostat--they conserve a great deal of energy since they're set up to automatically reset each day. 

Roof

Safety first--in advance of when you get on the roof in Little Rock, ensure you have the appropriate step ladder along with a wingman to hold the ladder and also catch you should you topple--or at least contact Emergency services. Otherwise, hire a roofer to come remove the debris and clean the gutters.

For everybody who is positive you can proceed up there and back again free of harm, here's what you need to do. 

  • Clear away any tree branches or other debris that is up there.
  • Clean up the rain gutters. Blocked rain gutters lead to more roof damage compared to snow, wind, and rain--if the water cannot flow cleanly through, pooling water leads to leaks. Pooling water which freezes seeps into roofing materials and will allow your roof to leak sooner. The leaf blower is quite good for gutter cleaning, as well. Getting a clog-free rain gutter system is a wise idea if you have a wooded yard. 

Doors and Windows

If your home has newer, energy-efficient doors and windows, clean the build up from the frames and look that the weather-stripping is neat as well as tidy. This is a good task for a gusting day--it's more straightforward to determine if there are spaces when you are able feel the air flow. If your weather-stripping is degrading, remove and replace it--it's reasonably priced and found in various colors at home improvement merchants.

Should you have older windows with screens, remove the screens and change them with storm windows. The storms are heavier glass that help hold on to heat.

Chimney

Once again, given that you have only recently attained the property, the chimney for a wood burning fireplace really should be in decent condition. It is still a good idea to check for any clutter that has fallen in, in addition to smaller sized wildlife which may have chosen to nest there. You don't want the initial roaring fire being enhanced with eau de chipmunk.

Patio Furniture

The way in which you treat your outside living areas depends enormously on where you live. In certain areas, you can use your yard year 'round; in others you'll want to commence buttoning up by early Fall. In case nasty weather is an expected standard, protect your patio furniture or even carry it inside in the car port or even basement, and cover up bbq grills, too. Plastic toys (playhouses, sandboxes) need to have shelter, so cover those as well--it's nice to keep those outside for sunny days when the children need to get outdoors.

Congratulations on being a home owner in Little Rock, and in case you do not already have a leaf blower, get one. It's the best tool possible for home maintenance.

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

 

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