Fall Home Maintenance Tips Picture of colorful fall leaves
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Fall Home Maintenance Tips

 

Focus on these important Home Maintenance Tips to prepare for your home for this change. Fall is a short season but it’s a nice buffer between summer and winter. It’s a transitional period from hot to cold when we start spending more time inside.

 
  • Clean debris from gutters and downspouts

    Cleaning debris from gutters and downspouts will go a long way to help prevent flooding and ice damning. People often think they only have to clean the gutters in the fall to get the leaves out. But actually, other objects can get caught in the gutters such as balls or bird’s nests. When that happens, the rainwater overflows alongside the foundation which can seep into the basement or lower level of the house and create a flooding situation. If the gutters are clogged in the winter ice inside the gutters can melt during the day freeze and then expanded night to go underneath the shingles which can cause ice damning. That can lead to expensive repairs which can lead to mold removal.
  • Be sure downspouts are discharging away from the foundation

    Be sure downspouts are discharging away from the foundation so that water flows away from the foundation. This too will help prevent flooding in the lower levels of the house. Be sure that the downspouts are not bent. Sometimes people can step on them which will cause them to get blocked.
  • Put equipment away for the winter

    Store mower and hoses. Turn off outdoor water and winterize faucets and irrigation systems.
  • Clean outside A/C unit

    Clean the outside A/C unit. Simply spray the cooling fins with a garden hose to get dirt and debris out. Be careful not to bend the fins because they are very delicate. Also, keep foliage away from the outside unit.
  • Change furnace filter

    Replace the furnace filter regularly. That will help move the air freely and help prevent your air-conditioner from working too hard.
  • Prune foliage touching house and A/C unit

    Prune foliage touching the house. That will keep insects and animals from having easy access to your house and prevent wear and tear to the siding. You should have enough room to walk between the foliage and your house without touching either.
  • Check sump pump

    Test sump pump to be sure it’s working properly. Most people don’t know it’s failed until it’s too late.
  • Look up chimney

    Check for blockages and make sure damper is working.
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My name is Mariah Lowinske. I am a licensed real estate agent at Integrity Realty and a member of the Saint Paul Area Association of Realtors. I wanted to reach out and introduce myself, share my website and see if I can help you with any real estate needs you may have. I fell in love with real estate 2014 when I moved home from Aspen Colorado to be closer to my family. The decision to get my real estate license came from me changing my career from teaching professional ski and snowboard lessons for almost a decade. I am passionate about teaching and meeting new people. I have a great sense of dignity, honesty, and work ethic. These strengths shine in my ability to perform my job as a marketing specialist and REALTOR at Integrity Realty.

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