Make Sure You’re Ready For Fall

By September 10, 2021 No Comments
A white house and a white picket fence with trees and leaves on the grass.

It is never too early to start preparing your house for the next season. As we are saying goodbye to a very hot summer, we are approaching fall very quickly. There are so many tasks to check off the list to make sure you and your house are ready to take on the fall. Here at Idaho Reverse Mortgage, we’ve got you covered. We have some tips and tricks to make sure you and your house are ready for the change of season.

Draft Day

The cooler the weather becomes, the colder your house is going to get. This being said, you should check your doors and windows for any drafts. Over time, the sealing and caulking become worn down which allows for cracks to develop and eventually let a draft into the house. Cracks at any entrance point of the house creates two problems; a cold house and the heater being on more than it should be. No one wants to be cold in their home, especially here in the Treasure Valley when the fall and winters can get down below freezing. The heater is already running enough during the colder months, but if you have cracks in the doors and windows you would have to be running the heater on overtime to make up for the drafts coming into the house. Doing this quick and easy fix will save you more money than you think by not having to run the heater as much as you would.

Gutter Check

As dreaded of a task it is, it is an important one. Cleaning your gutters is a must-do before the stormy weather starts. You may not think that cleaning your rain spouts is a big deal, but it can lead to many larger problems if you don’t take care of them. As the winds pick up and the leaves fall off, gutters can get clogged very easily. If they get too clogged it can end up damaging the whole drainage system, and can even damage your home! Repairing gutters is not a cheap fix. A whole new system is a hassle to deal with and the bill wouldn’t be nice to go along with it. To top that, the water that is overflowing from the clogged downspout can spill over and damage the house. Although this task is not a fun one to do, it is very important to take care of and will save you a lot of headache in the long run. Luckily, depending on the size of your house, it shouldn’t take longer than twenty or thirty minutes.

Tree Limbs

If you have any tall trees on your property you should check to see if there are any damaged branches or if there are any that are overgrown for the area. This is important to do as branches could fall and hit a powerline or even worse, your home during a big storm. For the safety of you and your family, make sure those tree limbs are cut back. This may be something you would want to call in a professional for as it may be too dangerous for someone not experienced in cutting big branches. However, if it is not too big of a branch and you feel comfortable performing this, then by all means start sawing away!

Other way around

Something you might not know is that you can keep your house warmer with your ceiling fan. Yes, that’s right, the ceiling fan! Switching the direction of your fan to be clockwise allows the warm air to be pushed down and the cold air will be forced up. This is a quick and easy trick to keep your house warmer throughout the colder months without having to crank up the heater all the time. Now you can use your fan all year round rather than just in the summer. Just don’t forget to switch it back to counterclockwise once it starts getting warm again!

Let us here at Idaho Reverse Mortgage help you out and make sure you are ready for the fall season so you can enjoy your Holidays with your friends and family and not have to worry about your home. Give us a call today if you are considering getting a reverse mortgage and we can give you all the information you need to help you make the big decision.

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