Winter is on its way here in Boulder, evidenced this week with our first big snowstorm! No doubt you have been cleaning up leaves and maybe some broken branches.
This time of year is beautiful and there is always something going on around town – school events, sports activities, CU Buffs games, and Halloween to name a few things.
Don’t get so busy with the fall fun that you forget stay on top of a few important home maintenance “to do’s” to make sure your house is ready for another Colorado winter.
Whether you are staying put for the time being or you are selling your home and trying to keep it comfortable and in great showing condition be sure to make time for the following:
- Trim trees and remove dead branches. Bad weather and the high winds we sometimes experience here in the Boulder area can cause weak limbs to break, damaging property or causing injury. Consult a professional tree service for large jobs.
- Reduce energy costs by lowering the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120 degrees F.
- Make sure caulking around windows and doors is adequate to reduce heat loss.
- Replace the filter on your furnace and schedule routine maintenance with a qualified heating contractor.
- Change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors – time this to correspond with switching your clocks back in the fall, and then forward in the spring so you won’t forget!
- Clear out gutters and downspouts on the exterior of your home to prevent the build-up of leaves and debris that can impede the flow of rainwater and cause water damage.
- Check your chimney for birds nests or other debris especially if you have a wood burning fireplace, and make sure the chimney cap is in place. Call a chimney sweep to perform maintenance.
- Be aware that mice will try to start coming in from the cold, especially if you live in or near a rural area, field, park or open space. There are numerous ways to trap mice, humane or otherwise. You will find many choices and expert assistance at McGuckin Hardware, Boulder’s go-to place for pretty much everything since 1955.
- Consider repainting or staining and sealing your exterior doors to protect them from rain, snow, ice and wind. A $10 can of paint or sealant could go a long way to prevent damage to an expensive door.
- Cover your patio furniture, outdoor grill, portable firepit, etc… or move into storage.
- Drain and store your garden hoses, and have your sprinkler system blown out to prevent damage to pipes in freezing weather.
- Pull your refrigerator away from the wall and vacuum the condensor coils to prevent damage to the motor.
- Check your dryer exhaust tube and vent for built up lint, debris, birds nests, etc…
- Clean out your whole house humidifier and replace filters before heating season starts.
- Be prepared for weather related emergencies such as high winds, tornados, blizzards, or flooding. Organize survival kits and review an emergency escape or protection plan with your household.
Have a wonderful fall and enjoy everything our beautiful area has to offer this season!
Director of Business Development and Relocation
Colorado Landmark, Realtors