Autumn Maintenance Tasks 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 officially a homeowner, as opposed to getting in touch with your landlord if the air conditioner goes on the blink, or perhaps the roof leaks, guess who gets to repair it? That's correct--you do. Odds are pretty good that small fact was dismissed in all your exhilaration about moving to Little Rock and new things (which hopefully 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, simply abide by these helpful hacks and you'll be all set for chestnuts roasting on an open fire straight away.

Furnace

As much as you love having air conditioning in the summer, no matter if it breaks down for a couple of days you can survive. If 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 wise home buyer, and you are, then you certainly had the HVAC inspected before you closed on the house. You ought to have confidence that the insides are in good condition, but you should do these simple things at least every year. 

  • Replace filters--you ought to replace 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 dirt from the unit--a leaf blower does a pretty good job.
  • Switch to smart thermostat--they conserve lots 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 correct step ladder and a helper 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 rubble and clean the gutters.

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

  • Clear away any tree branches or other sorts of build up that is up there.
  • Clean up the rain gutters. Plugged rain gutters lead to more roof damage compared to snow, wind, and rain--if the water cannot flow cleanly through, pooling water causes leaks. Pooling water which freezes seeps into roof shingles and will allow your roof to leak sooner. The leaf blower is quite suitable 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

Should your home has more recent, energy-efficient doors and windows, clean the build up from the frames and look that the weather-stripping is clean and tidy. This is a good task for a breezy day--it is more straightforward to determine if there are spaces when you can 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 replace them with storm windows. The storms are heavier glass which help hold on to heat.

Chimney

Again, given that you have only recently attained the house, the chimney for a wood burning fireplace really should be in suitable condition. It's still a smart 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 squirrel.

Patio Furniture

The way in which you treat your outdoor living areas is dependent enormously on where you reside. In certain parts of the country, you may use your backyard year 'round; in others you'll want to commence buttoning up by early Fall. In case nasty weather conditions are 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 good to keep those outside for sunny days when the children need to get outdoors.

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

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

 

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