Autumn Maintenance Endeavors for New Homeowners in Tulsa

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

Congratulations--you're a new homeowner!
 

After the movers have gone, and you are really a homeowner, instead of calling your landlord if the furnace goes on the blink, or perhaps the roof leaks, guess who gets to repair it? That's correct--you do. Likelihood is pretty decent that little fact was brushed aside in your joy about moving to Tulsa as well as new stuff (that perhaps contained a leaf blower), but now that autumn is unquestionably around the corner, it's time to prepare your new residence ready for cooler weather. There isn't any reason to worry, merely stick to these helpful hacks and you will be equipped for chestnuts roasting on an open fire in no time.

Furnace

To the extent that you enjoy having air conditioning during the warm months, in the event it is out for a couple of days it is possible to get by. When your furnace has a winter break, specifically if it's in the midst of a "weather event", your actual survival might be at risk.

Inspecting your furnace is at the top of the to-do list. If you're a bright home buyer, and you are, then you had the HVAC inspected prior to when you closed on the new home. You may have confidence that the mechanics are in solid condition, however you ought to do these basic chores a minimum of every year. 

  • Replace filters--you ought to swap your filters every 3 months, except if you have a permanent one. If that's the case, remove it and clean it on the same schedule.
  • Check that the vents are open and get rid of any dirt from the unit--a leaf blower will do a great job.
  • Switch to smart thermostat--they preserve a great deal of energy as they are set up to automatically reset each day. 

Roof

Safety first--prior to when you get on the roof in Tulsa, make sure you possess the proper step ladder along with a helper to hold the ladder as well as catch you in the event you stumble--or at least phone 911. Or, work with a roofing contractor to come clear the rubble and tidy the gutters.

For everybody who is positive you can proceed up there and back again safely, this is what you do. 

  • Remove any tree limbs or other sorts of debris that is up there.
  • Clean up the rain gutters. Plugged rain gutters lead to more roof damage than the snow, wind, and rain--if the water can't flow cleanly through, pooling water leads to leaks. Pooling water that freezes seeps into roofing shingles and may allow your roof to leak quicker. The leaf blower is fairly suitable for gutter cleanup, also. Investing in a clog-free gutter system is a good option if you've got a wooded yard. 

Windows and Doors

If your residence has current, energy-efficient doors and windows, clear the debris from the frames and look that the weather-stripping is uncluttered and tidy. This is a great project for a breezy day--it's easier to tell if there are spaces when you are able feel the breeze. If the weather-stripping is degrading, exchange it--it really is economical and available in a number of 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 that help retain heat.

Chimney

Again, given that you have only recently bought the property, the chimney for a wood burning fireplace really should be in good condition. It is always a smart idea to look for any rubble which is dropped in, along with little wildlife which have decided to nest there. You do not need your very first roaring fire to become enhanced with eau de bird.

Outdoor Furniture

How you treat your exterior areas is dependent enormously on your geographical area. In certain regions, you can utilize your patio year around; in others you need to commence buttoning up by the beginning of Fall. In case nasty conditions are normal, protect your outdoor furniture or even take it inside into the garage or perhaps basement, and cover barbecue grills, also. Plastic toys (playhouses, sandboxes) will need shelter, so cover all those as well--it's very nice to keep those outside for sunny days when the kiddies really need to get outside the house.

Congratulations on transforming into a home owner in Tulsa, and in case you do not already have a leaf blower, get one. It is the best tool conceivable for home upkeep.

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

 

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