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Home Maintenance - Fall Edition

Updated: Sep 23

School is back in session, Football is back(Go BILLS!), and we are already seeing Halloween decorations being sold and displayed! I'm pretty sure Lowe's is already setting space for Christmas...sheesh


All of these things take time out of your day so it's important to start scheduling these simple home maintenance steps to help transition your home from summer to fall.


Things you can do inside your home:

  • Check and change the batteries in your security system and your smoke/ carbon monoxide detectors. Give the cover a good cleaning before putting them back up. While you have it in your hand, check the expiration date for the detectors and replace if needed. If they are 7 years old or more, check with the manufacturer to see if its time to replace.

  • Check for any water leaks. Hint - look under every sink and behind toilets. Leaking water and cold temps can lead to big problems.

  • Change your air filters. This simple task really improves your air quality and the life of your HVAC equipment.

  • Flush your hot water tank. This

Things you can do outside your home:

  • Drain your irrigation system to prevent cracks and damage from freezing.

  • Clean your gutters and downspouts to ensure water can easily move away from your home.

  • Clean out any birds nests in electrical outlets, chimneys and under your eaves.

  • If you are done mowing for the season, drain the fuel from any equipment as needed.

  • Test your emergency generator.

  • Oh yeah, the dreaded.... rake the leaves.

Hire a pro to assist:

  • Have your heating and cooling system checked by an HVAC professional. Many reputable companies offer annual maintenance plans. This alone can save you thousands by catching things early before they break at 3am and it is 25 degrees out.

  • If you have a fireplace and use it, have a certified chimney sweep inspect your chimney and hearth annually to make sure all is safe and sound.

  • Get you dryer vent ductwork cleaned! This will reduce the chance of fires and make sure your dryer is operating at peak efficiency.

I hope you find this information useful. I'd be honored to serve you by providing my home inspection services on your current, next or forever home! Please call (704) 389-0599 or click www.hibyrich.com today if you have any questions and PLEASE share this with your friends and family. I look forward to meeting you!



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