By Gene And Katie Hamilton
Autumn is the ideal time to take a walk around your house with the thought of looking for ways to inspect its conditions and prepare it for a change in weather. The goal is to prevent damage to the siding, gutters, doors and windows and other parts of the exterior that will be affected by a change from warm to cold weather conditions.
Here's a list of suggested tasks and simple repairs to make sure the exteriror of your home and property will withstand the transition in climate. These are routine inspections and quick fixes to guarantee cold and freezing weather conditions won't let the cold air inside or damage the outside of your home.
- Clean gutters and downspouts so rainwater can flow through them. Make sure they're free of obstructions and refasten any loose straps holding the downspouts to the siding. Patch any holes in the gutters and position the splash plate so it directs water away from the house.
COST TO REPAIR AND CLEAN GUTTERS
- Inspect the joints between doors and windows and the siding for air leaks. Apply caulk to seal the joints.
COST TO CAULK WINDOWS
- Inspect the siding and refasten any loose clapboards and trim. Apply caulk to seal any joints between siding and openings or other material. Patch any holes or cracks in brick or masonry.
- Inspect the weatherstripping around the exterior of doors and windows. If it is in poor condition replace it to prevent air infiltration.
COST TO WEATHERPROOF A DOOR
- Install storm windows and doors.
COST TO INSTALL A STORM WINDOW and
COST TO INSTALL A STORM DOOR
- Inspect the roof and replace any missing or damaged shingles. Make sure the flashing around the chimney is secure. Check that the mounting for the TV antenna or satellite dish is securely fastened.
- Turn off the water supply to all outdoor water spigots to prevent pipes from bursting. Don't forget to drain the water by opening the spigot.
- Remove window air conditioner units and store them inside or apply a winter cover.
- Clean up debris around central air conditioning unit and cover it.
- Clean out the garage or shed and remove anything that might freeze like paint or adhesives.
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