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10 Fall Maintenance Tips For Your Home In Florida
Dated: October 13 2020
10 Fall Maintenance Tips for Your Home in Florida
Check out our list of handy fall maintenance tips for your home to prepare you and your home for another beautiful fall season! It’s never too early to get your home ready for Fall and the upcoming holidays!
Get Your Roof Checked Out- Have your roof inspected for missing or damaged shingles. High winds, rain and more can cause damage to your roof each year and it’s important to remember that your roof is the first line of defense for your home during inclement weather.
Examine Your Pool Equipment and Cover- It’s easy to neglect a pool you aren’t using as frequently in the cooler winter months in Florida. Have a reputable pool service company come out and inspect your pool’s equipment to make sure it’s operating properly. If you use a pool cover in the winter, pull it out of storage early to inspect it for rips, tears and any damage that may require replacement.
Get Your HVAC System Serviced- It’s no secret that heating and cooling systems (Yes, we still use A/C in the winter here in Florida!) function more efficiently and last longer when properly serviced each year. Don’t wait for a long holiday weekend to find out your HVAC system needs a repair.
Clean the Gutters- As leaves begin to shed, your gutters will need more attention in the Fall months. Gutters that are already partially full can fill up quickly. When gutters become too full, water can become backed up in your downspouts. Wood rot and pest issues can also become a problem.
Get Your Trees Trimmed- Be sure to trim and branches that are touching your roof or coming into contact with your home. When trees get too close to your home, their branches can become ‘highways’ for rodents and other pests that want to get inside. Branches sitting on or touching your roof can also cause damage during high winds and storms.
Clean Your Dryer- Give your dryer vents a thorough cleaning in the Fall. In the winter months, there will be drier air, which means more static electricity. A build-up of lint in your dryer could cause a fire if you’re not regularly cleaning it.
Check Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors- This is the perfect time to make sure the batteries are checked before you begin using your fireplace, heating system, and start all that holiday cooking!
Fire Extinguishers- Did someone say holiday cooking?? Be sure your fire extinguishers are in good operating order. And keep on in the kitchen just in case!
Seal Windows and Doors- Use weather stripping or caulk to seal windows and doors around your home to keep cold air from getting in so your heating bills stay low.
Fertilize Your Lawn and Feed Your Palm Trees- Now that the summer rains have dissipated, the rains won’t wash fertilizer into the waterways where it can harm plants and wildlife. It’s a great time to fertilize citrus trees as well.
Andrea is the Managing Partner of The Sandy Hartmann Group. Andrea was born and raised in the Tampa Bay area and is a licensed Realtor with over 15 years of Marketing and Finance experience, holding ....
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