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FALL CHECKLIST | Is your home ready?

For those of you who don’t know where to start in preparing for OLD MAN WINTER, here’s some help. Use the following as a checklist to ensure your house is ready for winter.

SITE

  • Winterize pool
  • Final trim on landscape
  • Correct any trip and fall areas
  • Seal driveway (asphalt)
  • Rake leaves
  • Cut branches away from the roof
  • Cut overgrowth away from the house
  • Fertilize grass
  • Winterize sprinkler system
  • Move firewood away from the house

EXTERIOR

  • Seal basement windows
  • Caulk windows
  • Caulk doors
  • Caulk hole/cracks
  • Install extensions (and splash blocks) on downspouts
  • Clean gutters
  • Cover air-conditioning unit (top only)
  • Clean debris of the roof
  • Check roof condition
  • Re-seal roof penetrations (vents, stacks, etc.)
  • Check flashing around the chimney
  • Install weather covers on electrical outlets
  • Drain conventional hose faucets (and shut off within)
  • Check lights for function

DOOR & WINDOWS

  • Check door weather stripping
  • Check all windows for proper seal and function
  • Wash windows

INSULATION

  • Insulate perimeter bond in the basement (top of foundation wall)
  • Add attic insulation (70% of heat loss is up)

HEATING

  • Install new furnace filter
  • Buy extra filters
  • Have furnace checked for proper function
  • Install computerized thermostat
  • Clean chimney’s as necessary (especially fireplace)
  • Install chimney caps if necessary
  • Adjust fireplace damper

VENTING

  • Pull attic insulation away from soffit vents
  • Open all attic vents
  • Close all crawl space vents
  • Seal crawl space hatch
  • Check draw fans for function (bath, range, etc.)

CLEAN-UP

  • Clean out the storage areas
  • Clean out garage
  • Clean and store patio furniture
  • Rake flower beds

Questions about your home or property? Call MJK today!

Inspections by MJK
Mitch & Celeste Kuffa
627 N Riverside
St. Clair, MI 48079
(810) 329-4052

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