Fall Home Maintenance

 

Now is the best time to do your fall maintenance, when temperatures are milder and outdoor tasks are easier to accomplish. TotalProtect® Home Warranty shares a few top tips, as well as those from CBS News, MSN's real estate experts and Consumer Reports researchers, to help save you from major home disasters this winter!

 

1. Seal Doors, Windows and Exterior Gaps

If you live in a cold weather climate, you already know the impact of high winter heating bills. TotalProtect Home Warranty recommends installing a programmable thermostat, if you do not yet have one, to help keep costs in check. The experts at MSN reinforce the importance of weather stripping on doors and older windows to reduce drafts coming in and costly heat going out. They also suggest that you check the exterior of your home for any gaps you can caulk. Caulking is much harder once the temperature drops, so fall is the optimal time to do it.

 

2. Inspect Roof and Storm Windows

As part of your fall maintenance checklist, look for trouble spots on your roof like broken or missing shingles. MSN experts advise to closely check valleys and flashings in particular, and patch them immediately. They explain that these are the areas where leaks often start; by fixing them now, you can save thousands of dollars in potential water damage during winter. If you have storm windows, this is the time to clean them, as well as check for any cracks or other damage.

 

3. Clear Out Your Gutters

Since rain, leaves and other debris tend to accumulate in fall, it is especially important to keep gutters clear. When gutters back up, they cannot drain. That standing water can create big problems. In one CBS News website interview, an national insurance representative explained that many water damage claims are a result of stagnant water that seeped into homes. Often, there are no visible signs until it is too late. Consumer Reports 2010 testing revealed that the low-cost, do-it-yourself screens commonly sold at leading home improvement retailers work quite well at keeping gutters clearer.

 

4. Inspect Your Heating System

TotalProtect recommends that you have a professional thoroughly inspect your furnace or central heat system now, before the winter chill sets in. Ensuring a properly-working heating system is not only very important to the safety of your family, but saves you money too. Systems that work properly are almost always more energy-efficient.

 

TotalProtect Makes Home Ownership Easy

They guarantee expert repair or replacement whenever a covered item breaks due to mechanical failure. TotalProtect Home Warranty coverage gets you through fall…with more peace of mind during winter, spring and summer too!

For more home maintenance tips, visit http://www.totalprotect.com/tips-to-keep-your-home-in-top-shape.

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The information in this article is intended for the proper maintenance and care of systems and appliances in the home. Not all of the topics mentioned are intended to indicate coverage by our home warranty or service plans. Please review your contract carefully to understand what your product coverage entails.

Fall preparation tips shared in this article are published by MSN (realestate.msn.com), FEMA (fema.gov) and Consumer Reports (consumerreports.org).

 

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