Bob Vila says it’s time to get your home ready for the winter. When Bob Vila speaks, we listen. Plan your home improvement in Fort Collins now. Get it done while the leaves fall and the candy corn flies. Then, enjoy a cozy and secure home when the temperatures drop.
Here are a few Vila inspired tips for fall home maintenance:
1. Cracks and Gaps
Check the foundation for cracks. Are there gaps around windows and doors or where wires and cables enter the home? Such gaps allow in not only cold air but moisture. Moisture build-up encourages mold growth and may freeze and cause further cracking.
2. Peeling Paint
Exterior paint that is peeling or blistered may mean the protective paint film is failing and the siding is on the path to deterioration. This is bad news that could cost a good chunk of money later if it isn’t addressed now.
3. Leaky Roof
A shoddy roof that’s taken too many hard hits from the elements may leave everything underneath vulnerable. Leaks attack home insulation, structure, electrical, plumbing, and heating and cooling systems.
4. Clogged Gutters and Downspouts
Leaves are pretty, but if you don’t clean them out of your gutters and downspouts, you could end up with ice dams and headaches. If you don’t already have them, consider installing new gutters with leaf guards.
5. Tired Heating Systems
This may be a no brainer, but now is the time to make sure your heating system is functioning properly. Don’t wait until it conks out on the coldest day of the year. Service technicians will be busy repairing the furnaces of everyone else who waited until the coldest day of the year. You’ll have to shower with mittens and a wetsuit.
6. Wobbly Deck Rails
Expect slick conditions when winter hits. Can handrails along your deck and porch support the weight of someone mid-tumble?
Preparing for winter is a hard sell while you’re still enjoying barbecues and harvesting garden produce. However, it’s even harder to manage when you’re huddled with s’mores next to the fire. We can help! Contact us today, and we’ll do the dirty work.