It’s the season of pumpkin spice, apple picking, and fall everything. I could not be more excited to celebrate the beginning of a great time of year, but there is a lot to be done. Because of the festivities, a lot of people forget about the everyday, necessary tasks, like taking care of your home. They are too busy making the “best apple pie” because they just picked apples and need to use them. But, if you do this, once the season is over, you will feel stressed and rushed because now you have to rush around in order to get your home ready for the cold air to come in the winter
Forbes says, “Enjoying the weather can put you in a great state of mind and allow you to focus on the task at hand — and do it well. Beyond that, most building materials are at their best when they are installed at moderate temps,” says Phil Eby of Eby Exteriors in Akron, PA. Plus, contractors typically have fewer projects during the fall, so you’re more likely to find help quickly if you don’t want to go the DIY route. Especially if you plan on listing your home in the spring (or anytime within the next year), you’ll want to prioritize the best home improvements for resale.”
Last year, we had bad winter storms and it devastated some of our homes and the areas around New Jersey, so I wanted to make sure that I was prepared this year. If you want to be prepared, as well, check out my list of simple home improvements that you should think about doing this fall, in order to prepare your home for the cold winter air that is on its way:
Examine Your Roof
Examine your roof and make any fixes necessary. If you are planning on selling your home in the future, this is a huge perk for buyers, but it will also give you peace of mind all year round (but especially in the colder months!) because you want your home protected. If we get winter storms like we did last year, you will want to make sure that you have a sturdy roof, in order to protect your home from cold weather, snow, and wind. Plus, getting a new roof or fixing your current roof will ensure that you will not have any leaks, which can be detrimental to your home.
Check Your Windows
New windows are another huge perk for buyers because it shows that they will most likely have lower utility bills because of them. But in addition to that, new windows will help keep you warm this winter and give your HVAC system a much-needed rest, in order to keep functioning properly for years to come. Thompson Creek says, “After a slow start to the winter season in many regions, Old Man Winter has made his presence known in both January and February. When the mercury drops and the cold winds start whipping, that cold air can find its way into your home. Any break in your home’s “envelope” – the outer shell of your home that protects its contents from the elements – is a prime source for air leakage. Of course, typically it’s the windows that account for the most surface area in your home’s envelope openings. And when you have old or inefficient windows, air leaks can make the temperatures inside your home uncomfortably chilly during the winter, not to mention the added wear and tear on your HVAC system as it struggles to maintain the thermostat temperature.”
Service Your Furnace
Servicing your furnace is huge – and much-needed. The worst possible situation (at least in my opinion) would be to have your furnace go out during a huge, cold snow storm. Technicians would not be able to come out to inspect or fix it during the storm, so you would be stuck in the cold. This is why I think it is essential to have it looked at before the cold weather hits. Fall is the perfect time for this!
Pay Attention To Your Yard
If you don’t remember last year, let me remind you: so many trees fell because they were in poor health, to begin with, and quite a few homes were damaged because of them falling. Luckily, with help from the professionals, you have the ability to try and save your trees (and homes. Frontier Tree & Turf has been a leader in the tree service industry for over 30 years. Based out of Middletown, New Jersey, they are committed to tree and lawn services, in order to make your yard thrive all year. They say, “Frontier Tree & Turf places an emphasis on proper tree care and preservation. Monmouth County towns such as Rumson, Fair Haven, and Little Silver are home to many beautiful specimen trees. We have the knowledge and expertise to properly improve and maintain your tree’s health for the long term. Proper pruning techniques, fertilization, and insect & disease management all work together to ensure that your trees are safe and healthy.” They are New Jersey Certified Tree Experts and have the knowledge and expertise to safely and effectively care for all of your tree, shrub and lawn needs. I highly recommend hiring professionals like Frontier Tree & Turf to come and check out your lawn + tree needs before the cold weather hits, in order to protect your trees and your home.