How To Prepare Your Outer Banks Home For Fall

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Fall is finally here and it’s time to get your house prepared for the cooler months ahead. Taking care of your home’s routine maintenance now, will prevent stress in the future. Many tasks are easier to tackle while the weather is still nice out and it gives you time to fix any repairs before it becomes a major problem. It’s very important to  winterize all areas of your home including, the exterior, interior, yard, and the deck. Often people wait too long  before starting their home maintenance checklists, but preparing ahead of time offers many advantages. Follow the checklist below to prevent costly repairs and prepare your home for the winter months.

 

Exterior Maintenance

  • Check the foundation for cracks; caulk around the areas where pipes or wires enter your home
  • Inspect exterior walls for peeling paint
  • Install storm doors and windows. Remove screens and store in a dry area
  • Weather-strip your garage door, making a tight seal between the garage and ground
  • Have a licensed roofing professional inspect the condition of your roof
  • Check your driveway for cracks and repair any damage
  • Clean gutters and downspouts, flush them with water, and inspect join and tighten brackets
  • Examine your pool cover and replace if damaged

Interior Maintenance

  • Check for sealing and insulation on all windows and doors, apply weather stripping if needed
  • Check that the attic is insulated and ventilated
  • Have a licensed heating contractor inspect your heating system
  • Test and change batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Vacuum internal parts of air conditioners and remove units from windows
  • Clean your humidifiers frequently to avoid bacteria and spore growth
  • Change the direction of your ceiling fan to create and upward draft
  • Examine your fireplace insert’s gasket for a tight seal

Porch & Deck

  • Check the supports, stairs and railing porches and decks
  • Empty soil from pots and clean
  • Clean and store all outside furniture

Yard & Garden

  • Clean and store all summer garden equipment
  • Rake the lawn and reseed patchy areas
  • Trim any limbs and remove trees that could interfere with powerlines
  • Fertilize the lawn to have healthy grass in the spring
  • Drain garden hoses and store inside
  • Shut off outdoor water valves and irrigation systems
  • Store winter equipment in an accessible area
  • Drain gas-operated yard equipment and store in dry area

Remember to follow these fall maintenance tips listed above to protect your OBX real estate so you can begin to enjoy your Outer Banks vacation home as soon as warm air of spring arrives. No one wants to incur higher costs for their vacation with preventable repairs. Eillu has an experienced team prepared to help with your Outer Banks property purchase or sale. Contact us to learn about buying or selling your Outer Banks home!

 

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