Your home is the most important possession you have. Not only is it likely the biggest investment you’ll ever make, it’s where you and your family live. If your home is attractive, safe, and comfortable, your family will be well off.
But it seems the weather outside conspires against your home. In the summer, the heat can take its toll on your house and yard. But it’s in the colder months that things get bad. Falling leaves in autumn and dire cold in winter can cause all kinds of problems to your house, and by extension, to your family.
That’s why you need to do some work now to prepare your home for the end of summer. Here’s why that work can end up saving you later.
Working Now Saves Later
As Halloween is here, you are probably looking forward to the new seasons. New TV seasons have started, football is on, and you might want to shop for a new, cool sweater for when things get really cold. That means you will be tempted to avoid home maintenance this fall.
As the Wright-Patt Credit Union explains, that’s a bad idea. First, doing some maintenance now can protect the value of your home — and remember that this is your biggest investment. But regular maintenance also keeps things from breaking and needing costly repairs. For example, cleaning a furnace can help avoid needing to replace it.
Keeping Your Home Safe
But there’s another reason for doing some end-of-summer work now; it can help make your home safer during the colder months. Good Housekeeping has a list of home disasters that can happen in winter:
Lastly, make sure you change all the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. These should be replaced every few months anyway, but with space heaters and furnaces running, the risk of fire is higher in the colder months. For additional and potentially lifesaving home maintenance tasks, check out this guide from Redfin.
Prevent Cold Damage This Winter
As you keep your home warm, that heat typically doesn’t get inside your walls. That’s unfortunate - and potentially dangerous - since this is where your pipes are found. Redcross.org explains that freezing pipes can break as the water turns to ice and expands. To help prevent that, make sure you have insulation in the attic, basement, and any crawl spaces. If you have exposed pipes, insulate them as well.
Along the same lines, hire an HVAC professional to inspect and clean your furnace. You certainly do not want it to break down right in the middle of winter, as losing heat for a while can lead to more than just frozen pipes.
Do Some Maintenance Today
It might not sound exciting to spend early fall taking care of your home, but doing so now can reap many rewards later on. Not only will it protect your home and help keep it safe, you can do the same with your family. Besides, don’t you want to have a warm, cozy home this winter?
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The founder of Best Painting Inc. started residential / commercial painting with his brother. After moving to California, the founder continued residential / commercial painting and came back to Albuquerque in 1988. He continued painting until he started his own company in 1992.