Autumn is a great time to take stock of your home’s condition and get any needed remedial repairs done before it’s too late. Here are five home inspection repairs you should consider this fall.
1. Inspect and Repair Your Roof
Your roof protects your home from water and mold damage. It also helps save you money on your energy bills each month provided there are no holes and gaps for air to leave your home. Otherwise that could make your furnace or air conditioning unit work harder and therefore cost you more money in the long run. Have your roof inspected for shingle damage every autumn and have small repairs fixed before a little problem becomes a bigger one during winter’s stormy months. A professional roof inspector can spot problems before they happen, saving you money.
2. Find and Repair the Cracks in Your Home Where Heat Can Escape
Old windows and doors and cracks in your walls and foundations can let all the warm air out and the cold air in. With heat representing nearly 50% of the energy bills for your home, finding the gaps and repairing them with caulk or weather stripping can save you money and cut down on drafts in the winter.
3. Repair Cracks in Your Driveway, Patio or Walkways
Small cracks in concrete have a way of getting larger as cold weather damages the concrete further. Not only are these cracks ugly, but they can be a hazard, especially in inclement weather. This goes back to the same concept of energy efficiency. If there are cracks, holes and gaps, it gives the air in your home a greater chance to escape making your furnace or air conditioning uit work harder. This can add up to a lot of lost money over time. Have a professional repair the cracks before they get worse.
4. Refresh the Exterior of Your Home with a Paint Job
Not only does a fresh coat of paint make your home look more attractive, but it also keeps it safe, because the old and peeling paint is no longer protecting your exterior walls. If left unattended, the walls will start to deteriorate, which may lead to costly repairs in the future.
5. Have Your Home Surveyed By a Pest Control Professional
As the weather turns bitter, outdoor critters look for ways out of the cold. Keep them from moving in with you by having a pest control specialist like Jeffrey Hills and Associates inspect your home for cracks, and openings rodents and other creatures can slip in through. A little preventative maintenance this fall can keep your house from becoming overcrowded with critters this winter.
When cold weather hits, there is no place like home – so take the time before winter to do a home inspection and complete the remedial repairs your home needs. Take stock of your home’s condition and have the preventative maintenance completed so that you will stay cozy and snug all winter.