Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

 

It’s official, fall is here in New England! While the changing leaves and holiday season are things to look forward to, homeowners should also remember to tackle important home maintenance projects now to prevent future hassles. Here’s a checklist to help you start!


Windows and Doors


Did you know that your windows and doors are big contributors to how much heat stays in your home, as well as how much cold air gets in? Use these tips to keep your home warmer, and your utility bills lower!


  • Take time to look for cracks or gaps around windows and doors in your home. You can easily fix these by simply caulking these gaps to create a more complete seal.

  • When it’s cold but sunny outside, a good tip is to keep your thick curtains open during the day so the sun can warm your home. Then, close them when the sun goes down to prevent the warm air from escaping.


And remember, sealing gaps can also keep critters out of your house! When it gets colder, small animals and pests may seek refuge in your warm home, so sealing any possible entry points can keep them out and away from your stuff.


Heating Systems


Don’t wait until your heater breaks on a cold day to get a checkup. The benefits of having your HVAC checked are:


  • Regular maintenance can help your furnace run more efficiently. This not only can help reduce your energy bills, it can also extend the lifespan of your equipment.  

  • Annual check-ups can also help you catch big problems before they happen, saving you money and minimizing frustration down the line.


Plumbing


Frozen or burst pipes can be one of the biggest hassles for homeowners in New England.   Follow these simple tips to get your pipes ready for the drop in temperature.


  • Chances are if you live in Massachusetts, you won’t be using your outdoor hose once the temperature drops, so make sure to remove your exterior hose and shut off any outdoor faucets to prevent exterior frozen pipes.

  • Wrap any exposed interior pipes in non-flammable insulation to minimize your risk of them freezing. Consider areas of your home that may be more exposed to the elements, like your basement, attic, or plumbing along exterior walls.


Fireplaces and Chimneys


Did you know that home fires peak during the cold winter months? Protect your family and home with these tips.

  • Have your chimney cleaned before using it for the first time each year?

  • Prepare your fireplace for the winter by removing old charcoal and pieces of firewood — using bad and overused fire starters can cause a fire to break out rather quickly.

  • Create a barrier of at least 10 feet between your fireplace and any flammable items like rugs, carpets, or furniture.


Gutters


When leaves fall, your gutters are there to catch them which, unfortunately, is not the best thing for your house. If your gutters are clogged with leaves and other debris, that can prevent them from doing their main function — diverting water away from your home. Here are a few tips to keep your gutters functioning this fall and winter.


  • If you’re able to safely access your gutters, take the time to remove debris, especially after all of the leaves fall off of the trees in your yard.

  • Check your gutters for any holes and broken pieces and replace these as needed.

  • If you are nervous about getting on a ladder, hire a professional to efficiently and safely get the job done.


We hope these tips help you prepare your home for the colder months. If you have more questions about protecting your home, a Doherty Insurance agent is here to help. Give us a call at 978-475-0260 or visit our website to connect today: www.dohertyinsurance.com


 

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Doherty Insurance Agency
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