4 Reasons to Buy This Fall

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It’s that time of year; the seasons are changing and with them come thoughts of the upcoming holidays, family get-togethers, and planning for a new year. Those who are on the fence about whether or not now is the right time to buy don’t have to look much further to find four great reasons to consider buying a home now, instead of waiting.

1. Prices Will Continue to Rise

CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index reports that home prices have appreciated by 6% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate of 5.4% over the next year. The Home Price Expectation Survey polls a distinguished panel of over 100 economists, investment strategists, and housing market analysts. Their most recent report projects home values to appreciate by more than 3.5% a year for the next 5 years.

The bottom in home prices has come and gone. Home values will continue to appreciate for years. Waiting no longer makes sense.

2. Mortgage Interest Rates Remain at Historic Lows

Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows that interest rates for a 30-year mortgage have remained at or below 3.5% for 13 consecutive weeks. The Mortgage Bankers Association, Freddie Mac & the National Association of Realtors are in unison, projecting that rates will increase by this time next year.

Any increase in rates will impact YOUR monthly mortgage payment. A year from now, the percentage of your income that you spend on housing will increase substantially if you choose to wait.

3. Either Way You Are Paying a Mortgage

Everyone should realize that, unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either your mortgage or your landlord’s. As a paper from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University explains:

“Households must consume housing whether they own or rent. Not even accounting for more favorable tax treatment of owning, homeowners pay debt service to pay down their own principal while households that rent pay down the principal of a landlord plus a rate of return. That’s yet another reason owning often does—as Americans intuit—end up making more financial sense than renting.”

4. It’s Time to Move on with Your Life

The ‘cost’ of a home is determined by two major components: the price of the home and the current mortgage rate. It appears that both are on the rise.

But what if they weren’t? Would you wait?

Look at the actual reason you are buying and decide whether it is worth waiting. Whether you want to have a great place for your children to grow up, you want your family to be safer or you just want to have control over renovations, maybe now is the time to buy.

If the right thing for you and your family is to purchase a home this year, buying sooner rather than later could lead to substantial savings.


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SEE MORE IN BUYING & SELLING HOMES

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So, you think you’re ready to put your house on the market? Not so fast! First, find an experienced selling agent and start looking at other neighborhood properties with a “For Sale” sign in the yard. Note the asking price and the condition of these houses, and ask yourself how your house stacks up. If you conclude that yours is one of the most attractive houses on offer, then go ahead and list. But if your home suffers in comparison with others nearby, beware—it may need some sprucing up. Whether your home is a full-on fixer-upper or just showing a little wear, a few strategic projects can do wonders to boost its appeal—and the offer price. If your home needs serious upgrades like a roof replacement or new appliances, you may be in for a bit of a slog, but there are still a number of key improvements you can make quickly and cheaply. Read on for 9 of the best projects to kick-start your home sale.

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Beat Buyer Burnout In a Competitive Real Estate Market

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First Time Buyer, Real Estate Broker, Real Estate Market Trends Appreciate inShare 14 buyer-burnout-blog.jpg I am tired – physically and emotionally exhausted. And I’m not even trying to buy a house. But every day I hear stories of buyers writing a dozen offers and losing on every one. I hear of buyers who have decided to renew their leases for another year in hopes that they’ll be able to save more money for a larger down payment, or the inventory will have a little more freedom when they decide to try again at the dream of homeownership. And I feel for these people. I really do. So what can you do if you’re one of these buyers in an ultra-competitive market? Is there a way to beat the system, or at least make sure you’re playing the right game? The good news is Yes. There are ways to beat the dreaded buyer burnout, and win with homeownership. Here is some of my best advice. shopping-2.jpg Open Communication Talk with your agent – I mean REALLY talk with your agent. This is the time to be real, even if it isn’t pretty. When you keep the conversations raw and honest, your agent is best able to serve you and help you find the right home. This is not the time to hold your cards to your chest and play it safe. This is the time to lay yourself bare and say “This is what I want. But this is what I can live with.” Because right now you’re probably going to get 75-80% of your wish list (unless you have an unlimited budget, in which case, you don’t need this advice). Make sure the honesty is a two-way street. Find an agent that will deliver all of the news to you, and explain what it means in terms of finding your home. Do you need to have a larger down payment? Do you need to widen the net in terms of neighborhoods? Do you need to make your wish list more realistic? These conversations may not be fun, but neither is beating your head against a wall. Breathe and Reboot Take a break from your home search, even if it’s just a weekend. Life is hectic on a normal day; and adding the pressure of finding a home can take a toll on anyone. So give yourself some grace, and take a few days off. Don’t look at any real estate apps when you have a few free minutes at work. Don’t grab your iPad to see if there is anything new on the market when you’re home making dinner. What will you do with this respite?!? How about spending some time with your family and friends connecting over some simple pleasures that don’t involve house hunting. Get a massage or take a yoga class (you probably need some breathing and relaxation). Basically, do anything else and rest assured that your agent will let you know if anything pops up during your break. Get Real I know that I am not always realistic in my expectations, but now is the time to get clear on the difference between the “must haves” and the “wants”. Clarity is freeing. And it helps you focus your time on the right homes instead of chasing the elusive unicorn. Yes, the perfect house is a unicorn. It’s a lovely idea, but I have no idea if it actually exists. If you’re buying the house with a spouse or significant other, spend some time with each of your lists. Maybe you’ve already done this with your agent. But if not, now is the time. Each of you write down the top 6 or 7 things you want in a home. After you identify what you want, write down WHY you want it. After going through this exercise, you may discover the things that you think are really important are not as essential. And some things you thought were bonus features may have more weight. Spend time getting clear, real, and focused. Your agent is your advocate. But the best way for her to serve you is for you to hone in on what you want so she can help you find it. Know that she is working tirelessly for you to help you fulfill your dreams. Sometimes knowing that someone is really in it with you is the best antidote to burnout. But keep these other three tips in mind.

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4 Tips To Make Your Home More Pet Friendly! A happy pet means a happy home!

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Pets are more than just animals from different species, they’re members of the family. As an kill them. Yet, even the most benign things can be hazardous to your pets as a lot of substances that aren’t toxic to humans can be lethal to your furry family members, especially certain foods, medications and plants.

Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure, coffee grounds, dark chocolate and chocolate in large amounts can kill them, sugar-free foods and gum containing Xylitol can cause liver failure, and nutmeg can cause tremors, seizures and nervous system damage… Check out the full list of Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets. Common house plants, such as azaleas, lilies, poinsettias and aloe, among many others, are toxic to pets so make sure you check out the ASPCA’s list of Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants and remove poisonous plants from your home and get informed before you purchase your next plant. It is so important to be preventative.

Tip #2: Give Them Their Space – Pets like to have their own living areas just as we humans do. Make sure you set up a proper feeding area for them where they can eat in peace. This means separating it from the loud washer and dryer or from the smelly litter box. Speaking of the litter box, it should be placed in a private space, but not too isolated like in a dark attic where your cat might feel unsafe. If you have an elderly dog, make sure you leave wee-wee pads out for it to use at its leisure.

Your pets should also have their own beds, even if they sleep on yours at night, as it is important for them to have their own personal space to lay down and relax. Consider placing it next to your couch in the TV room so they can nap comfortably next to you. However, note that once your dogs sleep with you for a while, they will not want to be in their own beds at night. If you have a cat, consider getting an enclosed cave-like bed as cats love to hide inside of things.

Tip #3: Clean Pets = Clean Home – This no-brainer is often times highly understated and is very important to keep both your pets and you happy and stress-free. Make sure you bathe and groom your pets with frequency, depending on your pet’s breed guidelines. If you have a long-haired pet, make sure you help it stay cool during the hot summer months by keeping its hair short and well groomed. Place considerable focus on their facial hair, preventing it from obstructing their vision and getting dirty when they eat. Dental hygiene is very important to your dogs health… The vet has the good toothpaste for them .

Additionally, take the time to brush their hair to prevent excess shedding and cleaning their paws when they’ve spent some time outdoors, especially if you took them on a walk and it recently rained. This not only helps them stay comfortable, it also helps keep your furniture and floors clean and looking like new. If you have a cat that likes to scratch your furniture, curtains or rug, consider trimming its nails.

Tip #4: Help Them Help You – A lot of the troubles that pet owners go through can be simplified by giving your pets the tools to do thing themselves. This wonderful realization can come if various forms, such as getting them a water fountain that automatically filters tap water or a food dispenser so that you don’t have to constantly fill their bowls.

Another great idea is to install a doggy door that gives your dogs access to your backyard without the hassle of having to open and close the door to let them in or out. This allows your pets to come and go as they please and will help prevent accidents around the house when you’re not home. Unfortunately, this only works if your live in a house and not in a condo. If you live in an apartment, make sure you take your dog on several walks a day and let them enjoy the outdoors for as long as possible. Remember, a happy pet means a happy home!labordors-3-dogs-09-18-15

What to Do if Your House Isn’t Selling

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If your home has been on the market for a while and you haven’t received any offers yet, it might be time to reevaluate your plan and take action in a new direction. Here are a few things you can do if your house isn’t selling.
Trying to sell a home can be frustrating if you aren’t getting the results that you want. The housing market is fairly strong at the moment, so watching other homes quickly sell for asking price or higher can be downright maddening. If your house isn’t selling and has been on the market for longer than you’d like, there are a few things that you can try.
Here are five ways to bring in the right buyers:
1. Lower the price. No one wants to lower the price of their home, but if you notice that you’re getting a lot of online views or buyers coming to look at your home but not making an offer, it could be that your home is overpriced for the market. Ask your real estate agent to prepare a comparative market analysis for you so that you can see what other similar homes in the area are selling for. Unless your home has some spectacular features, you can expect to get an offer in the range of what others are getting for their homes as well. If your real estate agent has suggested a lower asking price in the past, speak with them about it. Ask them why they feel that way and then really listen to what they have to say. They are market experts and might be able to offer you useful advice about how to add value to your home.
2. Take it off the market and wait. If you’ve seen the market analysis and don’t like how low the average selling price is, consider taking your home off the market and waiting until the market has improved a bit. If you live in an area that doesn’t see a lot of market change, you might be out of luck, but if your market often fluctuates, you might have a better chance of getting closer to your asking price if you wait. (For example, if you live in an area where vacation homes are popular, you’ll notice that there are typically certain times of year where the market spikes.)
3. Fix any and all major problems. If your home is priced correctly for the market, but you still aren’t seeing any offers, it could be that your property has problems that buyers don’t want to deal with. Take the time to make any cosmetic repairs as soon as possible. If you know about any obvious or major repairs that need to be made to the home, consider biting the bullet and repairing them now. Many buyers would much rather move into a home that is ready to live in as opposed to one they have to do work on, and they’ll often pay more for a move-in ready home.
4. Stage it. Staging homes has been shown to help them sell faster, so it might be worth it to invest in a home stager. Don’t just choose anyone to do the job. Instead, choose a stager or staging company with a track record of success. There is an art to successfully staging a home, and it’s better to spend more on a qualified company than waste money on one that doesn’t perform.
5. Find out if you’re letting emotion get in the way of business. We love our homes, and it can be hard to look past our emotions during a sale. If you’ve put a lot of work into a home, you’re more likely to feel a stronger connection to your property, but you have to remember that this is a business transaction. Lowering the price or selling to someone who doesn’t seem like they appreciate all the work you’ve done can be difficult, but if you’re waiting for a buyer who loves your home as much as you do, you might be waiting for a while. It’s possible that you’ve over updated or that your market just isn’t strong enough for you to get what you want. Remember to compromise and always think about what the best course of action for the deal is.
Hopefully the steps listed above make it easier for you to bring in a good buyer. Check in with your real estate agent to find out what’s happening on their side of the table, and listen to the advice that they give you. It might not always be what you want to hear, but well-maintained homes that are priced correctly for the market should have no problem selling. If your house isn’t selling, it’s time to figure out why.

Puyallup, WA: Relaxed Country Life Meets Modern Amenities

Live comfortably, close to major cities, with a gorgeous view of Mt. Rainier, and plenty of local activities all year long. In a nutshell, that’s Puyallup! But the appeal of this town goes beyond pretty scenery and fun fairs.

When we ventured to Puyallup for our latest City Skinny edition, it was a gorgeous day and the Washington State Fair was in full swing. The parks were full and the streets were busy with folks grabbing a quick bite or enjoying a stroll through the Antique District.

Situated east of Tacoma and south of Seattle, Puyallup may seem a world away. But with an abundance of festivals happening all year long, it’s a bustling, generous community (the town’s name literally means, “generous people”).

Do The Puyallup
Every September, the Washington State Fair isn’t just the biggest event in the state: It’s continually ranked as one of the largest fairs in the world with over 1 million guests. It spreads across nearly 170 acres, with rides, concerts (including major and contemporary artists, like Carrie Underwood and Pitbull), a rodeo, animals, arts and crafts, and plenty of scrumptious food (over 165 booths).

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Puyallup is home to many annual events, including Oktoberfest, Meeker Days Festival(June 19-21) where they’re celebrating the city’s 125th anniversary this year, and theDaffodil Festival that’s taken place every spring since 1934.

Small Town Appeal
Festivals occur throughout the year, but Puyallup is still a small community that maintains its historic downtown charm. Many of the buildings are original 1800’s architecture, and a plethora of antique stores, like Victoria Sells Antiques, line the north-south street of Meridian. If you’re looking for a yummy bite, The Farmer’s Market and plenty of dining options await.

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Big City Proximity
If you want to enjoy a livelier night on the town, Tacoma and Seattle are a short Sounder train ride away. It’s the most convenient way to have your fun and then head home for a quiet evening.

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New Neighborhoods and Wide Open Spaces
People love Puyallup because it’s peaceful and pretty, and you can enjoy the atmosphere from your newer modern home in the south end of town, or on a sprawling property with your horses. No matter which you choose, Mt. Rainier greets you with the sun every morning!

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Recreational Fun
Pioneer Park is a major highlight right in town with a wading pool and kid’s play area. Go fishing at Bradley Lake Park or take a leisurely stroll along its trails.

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Impressive Schools
If you’ve got kids, there’s no shortage of schools in and around Puyallup. 21 elementary schools, 7 junior high and 3 high schools serve over 22,000 students, with consistently high rankings.

With friendly folks and modern amenities available, Puyallup is the perfect mix of relaxed life in the country and big city fun. Come check it out!

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9 Old-House Trends YOU Want to Bring Back

Readers’ choice! Once-popular house features TOH fans would like to see become mainstays again

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Our editors aren’t the only ones who long for classic home design features of yesteryear. Over on our Facebook page, we recently asked for your input on which old-house trends you would like to bring back. It is clear that many of you are nostalgic not only for historical details but also the practical purposes they serve. Read on for the top nine This Old House fan favorites.

See which 16 old-house features the TOH staff picked as their favorites to bring back.
Walk-In Pantry

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“Pantries that are big enough to be functional, but do not look like it from the outside.” –Dan S., from Facebook

“My wife would love a traditional walk-in pantry to be a basic requirement for any new house that gets built.” –Pat R., from Facebook

Make your own pantry shelves more functional and attractive with 12 genius storage products we love.

Double Pocket Doors

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“Openings with double pocket doors between rooms instead of open floor plans. Modern homes have no way to block off noise or the mess of the family room from formal areas.” –Beth, from Facebook
Picket Fences

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“I liked the episode of New Yankee Workshop when Norm showed us the different styles of picket fences. We have the flame-style picket around the backyard of our 21st-century-style house.” -Curt H., from Facebook

Add this popular yard enclosure with help from our step-by-step instructions on how to install a picket fence.

Wraparound Porches

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“Wraparound porches, so windows can remain open when it rains.” –Frank G., from Facebook

“Porches that can sit more than two people at a time.” –Charles L., from Facebook

Many of you also wanted porch swings on front porches. See our instructions on how to hang one.
Summer Kitchens

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“A summer kitchen to me and other ‘old folks’ is an entire kitchen separated from the house by a breezeway, so the cooking heat stays out of the main house. It was particularly useful when only wood cookstoves were used (I’m not quite that old!) but when I cook in the summer, the AC runs a lot more.” –Carol M., from Facebook

Want to cook outside of your kitchen in warmer weather? Read our pro planning tips before you put in an outdoor kitchen.

Fold-Down Ironing Board

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“I would love a fold-into-the-wall ironing board! Yes, I still iron, not a lot, but it’s a pain to drag out the board and set it up.” –Nancy B. from Facebook

Get the look by making a shutter-door ironing cabinet for your laundry room.
Rosebushes

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green rose bushes with white flowers growing against the exterior wall of a brick house, with pink flowers in the foreground
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“True Story: As a gardener, I had an old lady tell me it was once prudent to plant rosebushes under first-floor windows. ‘Why is that…so indoors we can see the pretty roses and smell their lovely fragrance?’ I asked. She winked, ‘Well yes, that too…but the thorns also keep the burglars and perverts away!’ I’ll never forget that old-fashioned wisdom.” –Brett B., from Facebook

Beautify your curb appeal by planting blooming rosebushes with help from This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook and rosarian Felicity Keen.

Root Cellars

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“I miss my grandma’s root cellar. Free refrigeration, storage for canned goods, and a great way to keep cool-weather veggies from clogging up your fridge.” –Rachel M., from Facebook

Want to store food in a cellar? Avoid water damage and other flooding problems by properly waterproofing your basement.
Built-Ins

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“Built-in features that were often common in older houses.” –Leslie M., from Facebook

“Built-in cupboards of all kinds and not just in the living room or dining room—all over the house. They save space and it is easier to clean around them.” –Susan D., from Facebook

Watch how to build a custom built-in using stock shelving with This Old House general contractor Tom Silva.

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Kitchen Design Trends for 2016 and Beyond

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When one is preparing to sell their home or remodeling, kitchen design trends normally become one of the first things discussed by homeowners and designers. Following are some of the most popular trends for 2016.

When one is preparing to sell their home or remodeling, kitchen design trends normally become one of the first things discussed by homeowners and designers. As one of the most used areas of a home, kitchens are where families and friends converge to share meals and talk about their lives. Following are some of the mostpopular trends for 2016 that some interior designers believe might be here to stay for quite some time.

Gray Might Be the New White

While a white kitchen with painted cabinets is traditional and timeless, a modern twist on the classic white kitchen is a muted gray one. Soft gray tones for cabinetry are becoming increasingly popular according to HGTV, and some industry insiders suspect that gray might become more popular than white in coming years.

Light and Dark, Balanced

In the DallasFort Worth area, there was a time when dark-colored cabinetry paired with dark slabs of granite was all the rage. Model homes from five to ten years ago featured cherry-stained woodwork, which is now considered dated according to Fox News, paired with black and dark gray countertops. Today’s kitchen design trends showcase a more balanced approach. When designers and homeowners opt for dark cabinetry, it is paired with light-toned counters and backsplashes. HGTV recommends balancing light and dark colors to create drama and dimension without looking dated or making a room appear smaller than it should.

Midcentury Modern is Making a Comeback

Midcentury Modern style is making a comeback but with a Nordic twist. This minimalist approach to design relies on clean, sharp lines, bare countertops, and simple light fixtures. While this style of kitchen pays homage to the Midcentury Modern aesthetic with light-colored accents of wood, it is also decidedly modern and functional says Houzz.com.

Quartz Countertops Outshine Granite

While granite is still very popular and has reigned supreme for the last decade or so, quartz countertops are becoming increasingly popular. Available in a variety of finishes including hues of gray, white, and marble-like patterns, quartz is more durable and lower maintenance than granite. HGTV recommends quartz as an aesthetically pleasing alternative to granite and marble because it is stain- and scratch-resistant.

Kitchen and Living Room Integration

Watch any home and garden television show and you’ll see prospective buyers or those remodeling their homes discussing their love of open floor plans. An open floor plan has been very sought after, after all, it brings the most used spaces of a home together. For those loving open floor plans, there is another alternative, which is integrating the kitchen into the living room. An integrated kitchen and living space differs from an open concept because designers “merge kitchens and living rooms by including hidden and integrated appliances,” according to Houzz.com.

When researching kitchen design trends for an upcoming remodel or when purchasing a home, be sure to look for elements that have timeless appeal. Investing money into a short-lived fad could cost you a return on your investment or reduce the mass appeal of your home.

Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

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Fall has arrived! And while these beautiful days may have you lulled into believing that we’re still clinging to Summer, these chilly mornings will wake you right up and remind you that it’s time to get your home ready for cooler, wetter weather.

This is a busy season for homeowners to prepare for Winter, but with this easy checklist you’ll be ready in no time. Bring on the hot chocolate and sweaters!

Yard and Garden

  1. Rake the yard so it’s free from leaves and other debris. It’ll help keep your lawn healthy during the more dormant months.
  2. If your grass didn’t fare well with our dry Summer, now is a great time to reseed any patches that need some attention. We still get nice sunshine during the day to help it grow and get established. Now is also the time to fertilize your existing lawn.
  3. If you like Spring color in your garden and around your borders, now is the time to plant bulbs for those beautiful blooms.
  4. Organize your garage and/or shed. The bikes are being put up for the Winter, and we’re preparing it to house both cars for the cooler months. Most of the yard tools are being stored since we won’t need quick access to them for several months. Also, make sure any snow equipment is ready for use and easy to access.
  5. If you have gas-powered equipment like a lawn mower, make one final cut to the yard then drain the fuel from the tank.
  6. Drain hoses and sprinkler systems, and cover all exterior faucets.

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Exterior of the Home

  1. With shorter days, you’ll want to make sure you have proper lighting around the exterior of your home. Check all of the bulbs to see that they’re working and provide enough light.
  2. Caulking and sealing will keep your home water and wind resistant when the weather turns cooler. Check any masonry and siding for cracks that need filling.
  3. Cover foundation vents to keep cold air and rodents from entering the crawlspace.
  4. Clean the gutters and make sure all downspouts are secured and draining properly.
  5. Touch up any paint so the surfaces aren’t exposed to moisture.
  6. Take a look at your roof and make sure there are no loose or missing shingles.
  7. Check your attic for adequate insulation. Making sure you have the proper levels of insulation will help keep your heating costs down.
  8. Add weather stripping to all of your doors to keep drafts from coming in – this includes your garage door too.

Inside the Home

  1. Have your fireplace and furnace serviced to make sure they’re running efficiently and you won’t have emergencies during the cold months. If you have a fireplace, get the chimney inspected and cleaned if needed.
  2. Check for heat loss around your windows and add caulking and/or weather stripping to keep the heat that you’re paying for inside.

Don’t let this list scare you. You can easily tackle a couple projects each weekend, and still enjoy your favorite Fall activities – like football! But taking care of these maintenance items can keep you from having to make costly repairs (and paying higher utility bills) in the future.

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