Temperatures in Austin are starting to show signs of fall. As the heat fades there’s no better time to check off some home maintenance items before Austin enters another unpredictable winter! Take a look below at a few must-do fall home maintenance tasks.
1. Add or Clean Out Gutters
Many homes in Austin do not add gutters at the time of building. Given the rain level we tend to see in the fall and winter months, adding gutters to your home is a smart upgrade. Gutters can route water away from your roofline to prevent seepage into your home, as well as protect against erosion near the foundation. If you already have gutters, fall is a great time to get them cleaned out and if needed, adjusted for proper drainage.
2. Change All Air Filters
Anyone who has bought a home with Homespace has heard that you need to make changing air filters a priority. HVAC systems are one of the most expensive components to replace in a home. The #1 thing homeowners can do to increase HVAC longevity is to regularly change the air filters. If you can’t remember the last time you changed your filters, it’s been too long! While you’re at it, schedule an HVAC tuneup to ensure your system is running smoothly and ready for winter.
Pro tip: Use a program like Second Nature to automatically receive correctly sized air filters for your home on a schedule of your choosing.
3. Inspect the Roof
There have been several bouts of hail over the last year which can negatively affect roofs. Damaged or old shingles can degrade and cause leaks when heavy rains hit. Many companies offer free roofing inspections, so this is an easy one to check off your maintenance list!
These are just a few tips that can help maintain your home. Regular maintenance will almost always save homeowners money in the long run, and at the very least can alert you to potential upcoming expenses. If anyone one this newsletter is ever in need of a specific contractor referral, please reach out!
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September 27, 2021