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Back to fall: Get the house ready

Get a head start and start seasonal home maintenance today. You’ll thank yourself later!

Seal windows and doors

Drafts can be costly. Reduce your heating bill this winter by ensuring all windows and doors are sealed. Do a thorough inspection of all windows, doors and entry points for gas, electrical and other cable. Look for signs of damaged caulk and weather stripping, and fix and replace where needed. You could also install plastic window film over your windows for added protection against the cold.

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Inspect the furnace

When winter hits, the last thing you want is a furnace that isn’t working. It’s a good idea to call a professional to check it out for you. They’ll change the filter, clean it, check for leaks and make sure everything is working properly. Remember to have them clean the furnace ducts as well.

Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

It’s no secret that smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors save lives. You should have one for each floor of your home. Inspect all detectors and make sure they’re fully functional. You can do this by pressing the test button. Replace old batteries with fresh ones.

Get the chimney and fireplace cleaned

If you have a chimney and fireplace, they need to be in top shape. Call in a professional chimney sweep to help you out. They’ll inspect your chimney and fireplace for damage, blockages and creosote–a combustible by-product of burning wood. Also, stock up on firewood now.

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Prepare winter equipment

If you live in a cool climate, winter likely brings snow and ice to your driveway and walkways. So get the shovels and salt ready and keep them in a handy, accessible place like the garage. If you have a snow blower, make sure it’s all tuned up and ready to go.

Examine the roof

Get up on a ladder and take a good look around your roof. Take note of any damage to the shingles, chimney and gutters. If you have a flat roof, make sure you clear away leaves and other debris before the snow falls. Don’t forget the metal flashing around chimneys and vents. Lastly, make sure your gutters are clean.

When was the last time you had your chimney cleaned?

Sam Landa edits the 1-800-GOT-JUNK? blog and is Content Manager and social media manager at 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Environment & Sustainability, and in her spare time, she enjoys playing live music and writing. Connect with Sam on  or LinkedIn.

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