Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Prepare Your Lexington Home for Fall with These Top 10 Tips!

I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend in Lexington! It’s hard to believe summer is drawing to a close and that we’ll soon be feeling the cooler weather of fall. This coming season is beautiful in Lexington with the vibrant leaves, crisp air and vivid blue skies and is a favorite time of year for many Lexington residents.

While the warm weather may make it hard to start thinking about shorter days and cool evenings, making sure that your Lexington home is fully prepared for the lower temperatures can save you time and money in the long run! I've gathered the top ten tips you can do now to get your Lexington home ready for the fall season. Take a look!

1. Air Out- Soon enough your home will be closed up as the Lexington days get cooler, so take the time to air out your home as much as possible this fall. The fresh air will help minimize mold, asthma and allergies in the coming fall and winter months. It will also help save on your heating and cooling bill!

2. Check the Chimney- Curling up next to a cozy fire in your Lexington home may just be one of your favorite activities later this fall and winter. You’ll want to check your fireplace and chimney now to ensure that they’re properly cleaned out and that the vent is closed when not in use to prevent heat from leaking out.

3. Replace Air Filters- This is a very important step since it will help your heater work more efficiently and you won’t worry about recirculating mold and allergens into your home. Replacing the air filters will improve your indoor air quality for the colder seasons.

4. Seal Any Leaks- Making sure that any cracks in door or windows are sealed with caulking or weatherstripping will keep your home airtight. Keeping the cool weather out and the heat in will cut down on your energy bill and keep you comfortable.

5. Check Your Batteries- Be sure to check and replace all batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

6. Clean Up Your Garage and Tools- You’ll want to clean up your summer tools as well as your lawn mower to keep your garage organized and keep your tools in good shape. Once the spring hits, you’ll know where everything is and be ready to start back up with your lawn care. Empty the gas out your lawn mower or blower by using them till its used up and replace oil in your mower so it starts easily next year.

7. Store Your Garden Hose- Drain out your garden hose completely and store it in the garage to prevent it from cracking or freezing.

8. Clean Out Gutters- Lexington has a beautiful tree-filled setting, but this can mean that your gutters and downspouts can fill up quickly with leaves this fall. You’ll want to check these a few times this season and make sure they’re completely cleaned out before winter.

9. Inspect Your Roof- Before the fall rains come to Lexington, be sure to check your roof for loose or missing shingles. If you have a satellite or antenna on your roof, make sue it’s sealed well to prevent any water or air leaks. You’ll want to be aware of any issues in your roof now so you have adequate time to get it fixed.

10. Insulate Your Attic- Hot air will rise and if your attic is not properly insulated, you can lose money and waste energy trying to keep your home heated this fall. Check to see if there is enough insulation in your attic floor and add more if needed.

I hope you find these tips helpful as you get ready for the beautiful fall season here in Lexington. You’ll be glad that you took care of any issues early on and will be able to relax in your Lexington home once the cool fall days arrive!

If you are not currently living in Lexington, but have been considering a move to the area; let me know! As a Lexington Real Estate agent, I enjoy walking with people through the entire process of discovering Lexington, finding their dream home and moving in! Please feel free to contact me anytime with questions you may have about the Lexington Real Estate market or to begin your Lexington home search.

I look forward to working with you!

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