7 Home Maintenance Tips For Fall

Dated: 11/08/2017

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With winter rapidly approaching, here are a seven home maintenance “must-do’s” to check off your list:

  • Check doors and windows and repair cracked caulking and damaged or missing weather stripping to help cut down on heating costs.

  • Clean ceiling fans of built-up dust and reverse the fan blades, which will help push the warm air that gathers near the ceiling back down into the living space.

  • Replace your furnace filter. Consider having a professional inspect your heating system to check for problems. It’s also a good idea to have your ducts cleaned to cut down on household dust, especially for those with allergies or respiratory problems.

  • If you have a fireplace, it’s important to have a professional inspect and clean your chimney and fireplace before each season.

  • Thoroughly clean gutters and downspouts of accumulated leaves and other debris.

  • Be sure attic insulation isn’t covering vents in the eaves to help prevent ice dams during the winter.

  • Remind everyone where to locate the water shut-off and how it works in case of frozen pipes.

And remember, if you're in need of recommendations for professionals to assist with routine home maintenance or one-time repairs, a local real estate agent can be a great resource.

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Kristin Funkhouser

Raised in Fergus Falls, Kristin first received her real estate license in 2006. After spending several years gaining experience in the marketing and banking fields, she returned to real estate in 2012....

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