Fall Upkeep Endeavours for New Homeowners in Tulsa

New Homeowners - MovingBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Congratulations--you are a new homeowner!
 

After the movers have left, and you're legitimately a homeowner, as opposed to phoning your landlord when the air conditioner goes on the fritz, or maybe the roof leaks, guess who gets to make it better? That's accurate--you do. Chances are pretty good that modest detail was brushed aside in all your exhilaration about moving to Tulsa as well as new things (that hopefully included a leaf blower), but now that autumn is unquestionably on the horizon, it's time to prepare your new home ready for colder weather. There's no reason to panic, just stick to these practical hacks and you will be prepared for chestnuts roasting on an open fire before you know it.

Furnace

As much as you enjoy having air conditioning during summer, if it breaks down for several days you are able to carry on. When your furnace has a winter break, specifically if it's in the middle of a "weather event", your actual survival could be at stake.

Checking your furnace is at the top of the to-do list. If you're a intelligent home buyer, and you are, then you certainly had the Heating and air conditioning examined prior to when you closed on the new abode. You ought to have confidence that the insides are in solid working order, but you ought to do these simple things no less than annually. 

  • Replace filters--you ought to change your filters every 90 days, except if you have a permanent one. In that case, remove it and clean it on the same timetable.
  • Check that the vents are open and get rid of any debris from the unit--a leaf blower will do a decent job.
  • Switch to smart thermostat--they preserve lots of power since they're set up to automatically reset throughout the day. 

Roof

Safety first--before you climb on the roof in Tulsa, be sure you have the appropriate ladder plus a assistant to steady the ladder and also catch you if you fall--or at a minimum call Emergency services. Otherwise, work with a roofing company to come remove the crud and tidy the gutters.

If you're positive you can proceed up there and return free of harm, this is what you do. 

  • Remove any tree limbs or any other debris that might be up there.
  • Clean up the gutters. Clogged rain gutters lead to more roof damage than the snow, wind, and rain--if the water is unable to pass cleanly through, pooling water results in leaks. Pooling water that freezes penetrates into roofing materials and will allow your roof to leak quicker. The leaf blower is fairly beneficial for gutter cleanup, as well. Buying a clog-free rain gutter system is a good idea for those who have a wooded lot. 

Doors and Windows

In the event your residence has current, energy-efficient windows and doors, clear the debris from the frames and check that the weather-stripping is neat and maintained. This is a great project for a blustery day--it's easier to determine if there are holes when you are able feel the wind. If the weather-stripping is degrading, replace it--it is inexpensive and found in several colors at home improvement stores.

If you have older windows with screens, remove the screens and replace them with storm windows. The storms are heavier glass which help hold on to warmth.

Chimney

Just as before, given that you have just a short while ago purchased the house, the chimney for a wood burning fireplace really should be in decent working order. It is still a good idea to pay attention to any debris which is fallen in, along with little wildlife which have decided to nest there. You wouldn't want your first roaring fire to become enhanced with eau de squirrel.

Outdoor Furniture

The way you treat your outdoor living areas is dependent significantly on your geographical area. In certain parts of the country, you can use your yard year 'round; in others you'll want to begin buttoning up by early Fall. If severe conditions are standard, protect your outdoor furniture or perhaps carry it inside into the garage or even basement, and cover bbq grills, as well. Plastic toys (playhouses, sandboxes) will need shelter, so cover up those as well--it is nice to have those outdoors for sunny times when the kids want to get outside the house.

Great job on being a home owner in Tulsa, and if you do not already have a leaf blower, get one. It is the most convenient tool conceivable for house upkeep.

And, if you are looking to become a new homeowner and need assistance moving in Tulsa, give A-1 Freeman Moving Group a call!!

 

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