Fall Upkeep Endeavors for New Homeowners in San Antonio

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

Done well--you're a new homeowner!
 

Now that the movers have gone, and you're legitimately a homeowner, as opposed to calling your landlord when the air conditioner goes on the blink, or the roof drips, guess who has to fix it? That is correct--you do. Chances are pretty good that small detail got disregarded in your joy over moving to San Antonio and also new items (which perhaps involved a leaf blower), but now that autumn is just around the corner, it's time to ready your new residence ready for colder temperatures. There's no need to worry, just abide by these practical hacks and you'll be equipped for chestnuts roasting on an open fire in no time.

Furnace

Even though you enjoy having air conditioning in the summertime, in the event it breaks down for several days you are able to get by. If your furnace has a winter break, especially if it is in the midst of a "weather event", your actual survival may be on the line.

Taking a look at your furnace is a priority on the to-do list. If you're a smart home buyer, and you are, then you had the HVAC checked out before you closed on the new abode. You should have confidence that the insides are in decent working order, however you need to do these basic things at least each year. 

  • Replace filters--you should replace your filters every 90 days, unless you have a permanent one. In that case, dismantle it and wash it on the same timetable.
  • Check that the vents are open and get rid of any build up from the unit--a leaf blower does a decent job.
  • Switch to smart thermostat--they preserve a great deal of energy because they're programmed to automatically reset throughout the day. 

Roof

Safety first--prior to when you get on the roof in San Antonio, ensure you have the proper step ladder along with a assistant to steady the ladder and catch you if you fall--or at the very least contact Emergency services. Otherwise, work with a roofer to come get rid of the rubble and clean the gutters.

If you are confident you can proceed up there and return without any problems, this is what you need to do. 

  • Clear away any tree twigs or other debris which might be up there.
  • Clear the rain gutters. Plugged gutters result in more roof damage than the snow, wind, and rain--if the water can't run easily through, pooling water results in leaks. Pooling water which freezes penetrates into roofing materials and will allow your roof to leak sooner. The leaf blower is pretty suitable for gutter maintenance, also. Getting a clog-free rain gutter system is a good option in case you have a wooded lot. 

Doors and Windows

If your home has current, energy-efficient doors and windows, clear the clutter from the frames and look that the weather-stripping is neat as well as in good appearance. This is a good task for a breezy day--it is more straightforward to determine if there are holes when you are able feel the wind. If the weather-stripping is degrading, replace it--it really is economical and found in various colors at home improvement stores.

If you've got older windows with screens, take off the screens and replace them with storm windows. The storms are more substantial glass that can help retain heat.

Chimney

Again, considering the fact that you have only a short while ago attained the house, the chimney for a wood burning fireplace really should be in fine working order. It's still a smart idea to pay attention to any debris that has fallen in, along with little wildlife that have chosen to nest there. You wouldn't want your very first roaring fire to become enhanced with eau de chipmunk.

Outdoor Furniture

The way in which you take care of your outdoor living spaces depends enormously on your geographical area. In some areas, you may use your patio year 'round; in others you have to start buttoning up by the beginning of Fall. In the event that nasty weather is normal, protect your patio furniture or even carry it inside in the car port or perhaps basement, and cover up grills, also. Plastic toys (playhouses, sandboxes) need shelter, so cover up those as well--it is very nice to keep those outside for sunny times in the event the children want to get outside.

Great job on transforming into a home owner in San Antonio, and if you don't currently have a leaf blower, go get one. It is the most convenient tool possible for house upkeep.

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

 

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