Thursday, September 22, 2016

5 Things To Consider To Get Your Home Ready For Fall

It's officially Autumn, which means it is time to start enjoying all the fun activities the lake has to offer. However, it is also the perfect time to get your home ready for the weather that comes with the cooler seasons. In addition to putting up fall wreaths on your front door and mums on your porch, there are some other things you need to do to prepare your home for the fall season that may have slipped your mind. Luckily your Lake of the Ozarks real estate team has five things to consider to get your home ready for fall:


1. Have Your Furnace Inspected/Maintenance


Fall is the perfect time to have your furnace looked at since it isn't too cold outside. Running it before you need it will let you know it is working. If there are any issues, you can catch them before you actually need your heater. Although your HVAC unit may be working, it is a good idea maintenance done on it at least twice a year. This can help you catch any minor issues before it becomes a problem. The best time to have maintenance done is spring and fall, as the weather is not too hot or too cold.

2. Clean Your Gutters


Although the leaves haven't fallen, they will be soon. Make sure you are ahead of the game and routine check and clean your gutters to avoid the leaves piling up. If debris gets stuck in your gutters, ice can form that prevent the drainage system from working properly. This can cause water to seep into your home, which can lead to some costly issues. 

3. Safety First


It is a good idea to change the battery of your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms every 6 months. Spring and fall are a good time to do this task, as you are normally preparing your house for the change of season. If you think your battery is still good, still switch it out and put that battery into something that doesn't relate to safety. Because this is the time we often do a lot of cooking and baking, changing out these alarms will give you peace of mind this upcoming season. 

4. Detach Hoses From Faucets


Leaving garden hoses attached to faucets can lead to some serious issues. If left on during the winter months, water could potentially back up in the faucets and in the pipes in your exterior walls. If freezing temperatures hit, that water could freeze causing the pipes and faucet to expand and crack. If you detach the hoses in the early fall, a sudden cold snap won't catch you off guard leading to early pipe freezes. 

5. Check For Drafts


Although we may like to leave our windows open during the nice fall days, once the cold weather sinks in we will want our warm air to stay inside. Before this happens, take a walk around your house and check for any areas that feel drafty like windows and doors. Use caulk around the edges to seal it up and use weather strips under doors and windows.

Find YOUR Keys To The Lake


There are many steps to getting your Lake of the Ozarks home ready for the fall season and we don't want you to forget anything before the cold season comes. At Keys to the Lake, we don't just provide you with great vacation homes, we also have a wide selection of real estate at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you are thinking of relocating to the Lake of the Ozarks full-time, give us a call today at 573-964-5397 and our team can help you with the purchasing process. We would love to help you start your journey of living at the Lake full time!

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