The 2021-2022 fall and winter seasons will be the coldest in 230 years.
The days are starting to get shorter, and temperatures are also dropping fast. It is time to get your home ready for the fall. A few home renovations and organizational activities can increase your home’s comfort when fall comes.
Most of these activities are straightforward and within the skills of the average homeowner. However, some of them may require the services of a professional, such as Junk King Experts. Here is a checklist of the things that you can do to prepare your house.
Is the Furniture Properly Arranged?
Your family will be gathering near the fireplace more often when the days become colder. With colder weather steadily approaching, you can start rearranging the furniture to prepare for this sitting arrangement. Comfortable seats should move near the fireplace while other furniture should be moved away from the doors and windows. You can also discard old and unused furniture.
Hiring a junk removal service to assist in getting rid of any old and unwanted furniture is the fastest and easiest way to get your home ready for friends and family. The first step to ushering in new fun times, is clearing out old junk from the old times.
Have You Cleaned or Replaced Your Gutters?
Generally, the gutters will be functioning properly during the summer. They will drain all water from the roof and prevent flooding in your house. However, this may not be the case if snow begins to collect on your roof.
You can start by removing any dust or debris in your gutters. If the water flow doesn’t improve after the draining, you may have to buy new gutters. You have to do this now because it’s always easier to clean your gutters before leaves and snow collects inside them.
If it’s time to replace the gutters or other household fixtures, remember to look into dumpster rental or construction debris clean up services. You will want to get the area cleared as quickly as possible once your project is complete.
Are There Cracks in the Driveway?
The high temperature of the summer and constant traffic may have destroyed your driveway. As a result, there are big cracks that keep getting bigger each day. Water may start settling in these cracks when fall comes.
If you don’t fix the cracks in time, they may eventually become too big and damage the concrete. Therefore, you have to seal and fix the cracks in the driveway. Concrete crack sealer and other tools may come in handy during the sealing process.
Before taking on an outdoor project of this size, you’ll want to make sure to properly dispose of any old junk taking up space in your garage. Junk King professionals can haul away everything from workout equipment or old bags of clothes, to refrigerators and old broken lawn mowers. You name it, we haul it.
Is Your Roof Functioning Properly?
One of the biggest challenges that you can face during the fall is a leaking roof. The exterior and interior of your house will be damaged once the water starts to drip into the house. At the same time, winter winds and ice may also become common annoyances.
Inspecting your roof and finding any cracks is critical. All you have to do is get a pair of binoculars and scan the roof. If you notice flashing metal near the chimneys or vents, then there is something wrong. You should also check the shingles for cracks or missing tiles.
Have You Covered the Faucets?
Faucets are prone to freezing and cracking when the temperature becomes too low. Therefore, it is important to protect your faucets before they start to freeze. The first task will be to close all shut-off valves that control the exterior faucets.
Once you have drained all the water inside of the faucets, you can proceed to seal them tightly. If your outside faucets lack shut-off valves, they may freeze when winter comes.
Is the Furnace Filter Clean?
Furnace filters purify the air within your home by trapping debris and dust. This is not possible if your filters are clogged and dirty. Therefore, you must disassemble the furnace filter and remove any debris inside it. Disposable filters will function if you vacuum them monthly.
The cleaning job requires vacuum cleaners, soft brushes, and water sprays. It would be best if you also remembered to remove electrostatic or metallic furnace filters from the furnace before cleaning them. You can then ask a garbage disposal company to cart away the debris.
Have You Prepared the Fireplace?
The fireplace will become the central feature in your home. As a result, you must inspect it to check for damages and hazards. The inspection will determine whether there is too much accumulation of creosote in the fireplace. This substance is produced by burning wood and is highly flammable.
It’s also a good idea to inspect your chimney system. For instance, you can shine a flashlight into the chimney and check for debris or dirt.
Are There Any Gas Problems?
Improperly maintained gas heaters will be a safety threat. That is because they can introduce dangerous gases into your home. On the other hand, the leaking gases will require regular replacement that may increase your energy bills.
You can request a professional to come and look at your heater. The professional will determine whether the exhaust vents and air shuttle openings are functioning properly. In some cases, they may have to clean the air passages and remove dirt from the heater.
Hire a Professional
The best way to prepare your house for fall is to hire Junk King Experts. As the leading Chicago e-recycling pick up professionals, we will haul away your junk once you have cleaned your home. This is a good way to reduce your costs and prevent dirt and debris from accumulating in your house. Contact us for more information.