September Home Maintenance Tips for your Palestine Texas Home
We all know about Spring Cleaning, but there are several things you can do in the fall to prepare your Palestine, Texas home for the winter months! Luckily in Texas, we do not have to deal with basements or hardcore winterizing like many Northern states. However, there are some items that need to be addressed to prevent more expensive issues later on. Preventative maintenance is overall cheaper maintenance (and who doesn’t love cheaper?). Keep your home in perfect shape with these September home maintenance tips:
LET’S VENT – This is a great time to clean the air vents/registers. For a quick dusting, use a duster wand or a dust cloth to remove any dust hanging in the cracks. For a deeper clean, remove the vents and take them outside and spray off the dust with a water hose. Make sure they are completely before rehanging them.
GET YOUR HEAD IN THE GUTTER – Before all the leaves fall, make sure the gutters are not already full of last year’s debris. You can “DIY” or hire it out. Many yard service companies offer this service as the mowing season slows. It is much better to clean them out now and stave off potential issues caused by non-functioning gutters.
ROOF CHECK –Take a few minutes to walk the exterior of your home and visually check for loose shingles, raised nails and damaged or missing flashing. Roof repairs do not go away and they definitely don’t get any cheaper. Fix it when it is a small repair before it turns into a big repair or full replacement.
VARMINT HATCHES – While you are doing your walk-around, also keep an eye out for any holes that critters are using to get into the house or attic. Squirrels, raccoons and mice can cause major (and expensive) damage by chewing wires and other activities. Plus, it is just plain creepy to hear them running having a party in your attic! Make sure to plug any holes, so they can’t come and go as they please.
LET’S VENT SOME MORE – Lint is the gift that keeps on giving. There is always lint to be cleaned out of a dryer vent. Give it a good cleaning and prevent a potential fire hazard.
CLEAR THE WAY FOR SANTA! – Before the cold weather season (if it still exists) is a great time to get your chimney cleaned. Creosote and animals nests can build up in your fireplace and are a major fire hazard. Call the Chimney Sweeps before they are booked up for the holidays! Experts recommend that this be done yearly to safely use your fireplace.
FALL FUN! – Bust out the scarecrows, pumpkins and turkeys–it’s fall decor time! Towards the end of this month is a great time to dig out the warm winter blankets and have them cleaned and ready for that first chilly night in your home!
Of course, always use caution and common sense when climbing up on ladders and doing any work on your property. While “DIY” may be a good option for some, know your limits. Hire a professional when necessary. Most importantly of all, don’t forget to enjoy a pumpkin-flavored something before you start your honey-dos.
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Lisa E. Priest loves pumpkin-flavored anything and is a Palestine, Texas REALTOR® with Picket Fence Realty, Inc. You can reach her via phone or text at 903-948-3343 or read more at BuyPalestine.com.