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πŸ“ 13 Fall Home Improvement Projects that Pay Off in Winter​ (AARP Article)

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October 19, 2022 By Sheryl Jean, AARP.

 

As winter approaches, fall is the perfect time to prepare your home so you stay warm and dry in colder weather.​

 

A checklist of inspections and projects will ensure your home’s systems and appliances work properly, which may increase its energy efficiency and lower your utility bills.

 

Think of it as an annual checkup for your home just like you see your family doctor regularly.

 

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4. Repair roofs​. Remove branches and other debris that collect on roofs, Graham recommends. Repair or replace loose shingles and deteriorating flashing seals around vents and chimneys to keep out water. If you have a flat roof, patch cracked or blistered seams. DIYers should be cautious about getting up on the roof and take safety precautions. You may want to hire a handyman to repair a few shingles or a roofer for larger sections. Don’t overlook skylights. Have a professional check for deteriorating seals on the roof and inside your home that may need patching, Graham advises.

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3. Check seals and weatherstripping. If you see gaps between exterior windows or door frames, you may need to re-caulk them or install new weatherstripping. Check that storm windows are secure. Cover screen doors with glass or replace them with storm doors for energy efficiency, says Wessling, who owns Wessling Home Inspection Services in St. Louis.

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2. Clear gutters and downspouts. Even if you don’t have trees, leaves, pine needles and other debris can clog gutters in the fall. That can cause ice dams or water to back up, potentially damaging the roof, siding or trim. Clean out gutters and downspouts, and direct downspouts 2 to 4 feet away from the foundation, says Mark Graham, vice president of technical services for the National Roofing Contractors Association. DIY is possible, but if you don’t feel safe on a ladder, hire a professional. The average cost for a single-story house is about $160.

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I don't know where AARP got their average prices for gutter clearing but I have a two story home here in NC and get mine cleared for $89. That just went up last year from $79. A single story gutter cleaning for $160 sounds high. Maybe they are talking about prices in NY or California.

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Some are simple DIY tasks, others should be done by a professional.

 

1. Fine-tune your furnace​

Novak says a furnace check is crucial so you don’t risk losing heat during winter. Change the air filter, which becomes dirty and inefficient over time. Hire a professional for a full maintenance check, which may include a furnace inspection, duct cleaning and an airflow evaluation.​

 

A furnace inspection could cost less than $100, but a tuneup may cost more than $200. If you’ve got a tight budget, Wessling suggests getting a heating and cooling inspection every other year but only if you change the filter regularly yourself.

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