Welcome to the LindaSecrist.com Blog

2012-09-07 11:17:13
September home-maintenance check list

 

School is back in session in Salt Lake, Holladay, Sandy, Draper and South Jordan and mornings are crisp, making this a great month for tackling home projects.

By Anne Erickson of MSN Real Estate

Insulation speculation This is a good time  to check the condition of insulation and see if you need more, especially if you  live in an older home. You can purchase unbacked or loose-fill insulation if you  are just beefing up what is already there. If you are adding batted insulation  to a spot that has none, remember that the foil-backed side is the vapor  barrier, and it must face the heated area.

 

For example, if you are laying fiberglass insulation in an  unfinished attic floor to keep heat in the living room below, you should see  pink when you're done — not foil. If your walls lack insulation, consider having  a professional install blown-in insulation foam. The energy savings will  probably offset the cost of the procedure in a couple of years.

 

 

Check gutters Do a quick visual check to  make sure gutters are clear — they'll be performing double duty soon with  rainstorms and falling leaves.

 

Ever wake up in early September and notice that the air smells different?  School begins, days get shorter, and a sense of responsibility begins to creep  up on most of us.

 

We've always wondered why 'fall cleaning' isn't as popular as 'spring  cleaning.' The air on brisk September mornings inspires us to dutifully button  up the home in preparation for cooler days and longer nights.

 

Add weatherstripping to doors  and windows Weatherstripping can be plastic, foam, felt or metal;  its job is to seal small gaps, keeping moisture and cold air outside where they  belong. Look around your doors and windows: Is the weatherstripping torn or  missing? This can become expensive if ignored. On doors, make sure the bottom  seal is working properly — there are many sweeps, gaskets and thresholds  designed to seal this gap. Doors generally need weatherstripping in their jambs  as well. Adhesive-backed foam pads are easy to install for this purpose. Newer,  energy-efficient windows generally don't require added weatherstripping, but if  your windows are older, weatherstripping can keep drafts at bay and energy costs  down.

 

Check storm windows If you have storm  windows that are cracked or dirty, repair and clean them now — prior to autumn  installation.

 

Fight winter with plywood Find a couple of  scrap sheets of plywood and set them aside. When the weatherman predicts a cold  snap, set the boards against the exterior basement vents on whichever side of  your house bears the brunt of your prevailing weather patterns. This bit of  scrappiness could help prevent frozen pipes. Be sure to remove the boards once  the weather warms up — those vents are there for a reason.Keep mice out September inspires nesting in  mice as well as humans. Mice are looking for a winter home now, and that newly  insulated attic would be just the spot. Mice can squeeze through quarter-inch  openings; rats need a half-inch. Make sure all exterior vents are screened, and  that there are no gaps underneath garage doors. If you are careless about  leaving doors and windows open this time of year, you'll be setting mousetraps  later. Pet doors are another favorite access point for rodents.

 

Caulk exterior Think of caulk as  weatherstripping in a tube. Any gap on the outside of your home can be a  candidate for caulking. Look at transition spots: corners, windows, doors, areas  where masonry joins siding, or places where vents and other objects protrude  from walls. Carefully read manufacturer's directions to make sure the caulk you  buy will work where you plan to use it, and don't forget to purchase a caulking  gun. Early fall is a good time for this task because caulk becomes difficult to  apply when the temperature falls.

 

Got wood? If you have a wood stove, it's not  too early to lay in a supply of firewood. Though most of us buy whatever's  local, bear in mind that soft woods like fir and cedar burn faster and create  hazardous creosote in the chimney, thus requiring more system maintenance and  more wood. Hardwoods such as oak, hickory and maple are slow, hot, clean  burners. Wood piles attract insect and animal pests, so stack wood away from the  house. Wood dries best when it's protected from rain and has air circulating  around it, so under the roof of a wall-less carport would be an ideal wood  storage spot.

 

Clean dryer vent This is another one of  those tasks that should be on your to-do list every six months. Scoot your  clothes dryer away from the wall, unplug it, and vacuum behind it. (If it's a  gas dryer, turn off the gas supply to the dryer at the appliance shutoff valve.)  Unhook the tube that leads to the vent and clear as much lint from the tube as  you can. Grab a shop vacuum, go outside, and tackle the outside dryer vent as  well.

 

Inspect your roof and chimney If your roof  isn't too steep, and isn't covered with slate or tile, you may be able to  carefully walk on it on a dry day. Look for broken or missing shingles, missing  or damaged flashing and seals around vent pipes and chimneys, and damage to  boards along the eaves. Also peer down your chimney with a flashlight to make  sure no animals have set up house in it. If you can't get on your roof, perform  this inspection with a ladder around the perimeter. Pay close attention to  valleys and flashings — many leaks originate in these spots. Some patches and  roofing cement now can prevent thousands of dollars of water damage later in the  winter.

 


 

 

 

LINDA SECRIST - LINDA SECRIST & ASSOCIATES - EVERYTHING THEY TOUCH TURNS TO SOLD!



 

 
Blog Archive
2019-11-14 13:04:26
3 AUTUMN OPEN HOUSE TOURS

2019-11-12 13:49:46
8 Holiday Decorating Secrets

2019-11-07 10:19:19
VETERAN'S DAY OPEN HOUSE TOURS

2019-11-04 14:21:46
24 Billiant Staging Tips

2019-10-30 11:59:31
Hello November Open House Tours

2019-10-28 14:35:17
Utah #2 Fastest Rates of Job Growth

2019-10-23 15:20:33
NO TRICKS ONLY  A TREAT

2019-10-17 10:02:27
Fall Break Luxury Open House Tours

2019-10-15 13:30:00
OCTOBER EVENTS AND FESTIVALS IN UTAH 

2019-10-11 10:30:11
COLUMBUS DAY OPEN HOUSE TOURS

2019-10-08 10:59:05
5 Tips for Prepping a Lawn for the Winter

2019-10-03 11:18:03
FALL IN LOVE WITH UTAH  AND OUR LUXURY HOMES

2019-09-30 11:58:23
Winter- How To Prepare Your Vegetable Garden 

2019-09-26 11:51:07
Fall In Love With These Luxury Homes  

2019-09-23 12:51:45
Salt Lake City - Top Ten Best Places to Retire in 2019

2019-09-20 09:39:34
HELLO AUTUMN OPEN HOUSE TOURS

2019-09-17 13:51:51
Alta Ski Resort Ranked #1 Snow

2019-09-12 13:28:48
'GOODBYE SUMMER'

2019-09-09 13:43:53
September Events and Festivals in Utah

2019-09-03 12:44:07
Utah's Original Oktoberfest

2019-08-29 10:52:39
CELEBRATE LABOR DAY WITH US

2019-08-28 09:08:45
Best Cities for Young Entrepreneurs

2019-08-22 10:40:31
WHAT DO YOU DO ON A HOT SATURDAY IN AUGUST?

2019-08-20 09:43:49
Why Hire A Real Estate Agent?

2019-08-15 09:08:42
BACK TO SCHOOL- OPEN HOUSE TOURS

Click here to see ALL articles.


Comment on this Article

Your Name:
Your Email:
Comments:
Verify:  Please enter the numbers shown to help eliminate spam.