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Get Into Fall Home Improvements
Dated: October 2 2015
The change in weather is almost upon us which means that NOW is the PERFECT time to start getting your home ready for chillier days and nights. I know, you would rather spend your days and nights soaking up the last bits of summery warmth, so let’s keep this simple.
I promise to give you some more useful tips as we get further into the season. But just think, a couple hours of home maintenance now will save you a bundle of time and money a little later in the season. With all that is on tap for Philadelphia this Fall season, I know that the worst weather will sneak up on us so let’s just get a couple things out of the way before the season changes. Let’s look at 3 things that you can do now, to prepare for the change of seasons.
1. GET IN THE SPIRIT
Head out to your local hardware store, garden center or farm market and pick up some seasonal plants. The dog days of summer really did a number on my own flower boxes so I’m sure by now it’s time we replace our withering zinnias with some lovely mums and ornamental cabbage. If you’re really feeling the season, go ahead and grab the bale of hay and scare crow and jump right into Halloween. These touches will not only remind you of the great time of year we are beginning but will add much-needed curb appeal to your entry way as your neighbors (and potential buyers) pass by your property.
2. MIND THE GAPS
While you’re at the hardware store, don’t forget to buy a can of expanding foam. Take it to the small and large cracks around windows, door frames and along the foundation of your home and basement. I like to work from the inside out. By looking out, you can see where light is coming in. When you can see daylight, there is air coming in — hit it with enough foam to fill half the crack and let it do the rest! In a matter of minutes it will fill the area and once dry you can cut the excess away. Continue along all exterior walls until you’ve sealed any cracks that you can identify. You’ll find that this will help to eliminate drafts and reduce heating costs as we get further into the Fall and Winter.
3. LOOK CLOSER
After you hit the large cracks with the expanding foam, grab a caulk gun, hair dryer and friend and check around your windows to ensure there are no air leaks. This is a great time to do this because caulk does not work as well below 40 degrees. Take an hour to identify and seal and cracks along the window and door frames now to keep the winter chill out all season long.
Bonus Tip: Remember to change your air filter seasonally if you have a central A/C and heater. My repairman suggests every month since we have a dog, but make sure to at least do it every three month — I try to remember to do it on the first day of the season.
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