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Autumn Upkeep

Homeowner Information Todd Kroupa October 13, 2023

With fall underway in Metro Atlanta, homeowners have the perfect opportunity to prepare their properties for the cooler temperatures ahead. While you take pleasure in enjoying the vibrant foliage and comfortable temperatures, also make sure your home is prepped and ready to withstand the upcoming season. Here's a handy checklist to guide you through the necessary tasks:

1. Gutter Clean-Up:

Fall means beautiful leaves, but it also means clogged gutters. Ensure that your gutters and downspouts are clear of leaves and debris. This can prevent water damage and ensure that rainwater is directed away from your home's foundation.

2. Roof Inspection:

The last thing you want is a leaky roof during Georgia’s unpredictable winter months. Check for missing or damaged shingles and repair them to prevent potential leaks.

3. HVAC Check:

Ensure your heating system is working efficiently before the cold sets in. Clean or replace filters, and consider having a professional check the system if it hasn't been serviced in a while.

4. Check for Drafts:

Feel around windows and doors for any drafts. Seal them using weatherstripping or caulking to keep your home warm and reduce heating bills.

5. Winterize Pipes:

Though Atlanta-North Georgia winters are relatively mild, but we still experience freezing temperatures. Disconnect garden hoses, drain water from outdoor faucets, and insulate exposed pipes to prevent freezing and potential bursts.

6. Fireplace and Chimney:

If you have a wood-burning fireplace, ensure the chimney is cleaned and inspected. This will prevent chimney fires and ensure that carbon monoxide is correctly vented out.

7. Fertilize Your Lawn:

Give your lawn a boost before winter. If you have a fescue or rye lawn, fall is an ideal time to fertilize.

8. Test Smoke and CO Detectors:

With increased indoor heating, ensuring your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning is important. Replace batteries and test them to ensure they’re working correctly.

9. Pest Prevention:

Fall is when many pests look for a warm place to stay. Seal any holes or gaps in your home's exterior to keep out rodents and bugs. Check the foundation, windows, and areas where utilities and pipes enter your home.

Homeowners in Atlanta and North Georgia communities can look forward to an effortless winter by prioritizing these basic home maintenance tasks and dedicating enough time for them. Remember that regular home maintenance not only creates an enjoyable safe living environment, but can also help justify your home value when selling time comes around.

Have a wonderful fall and cozy winter! If you have any real estate questions or are considering buying or selling a property in Alpharetta or or other North Metro Atlanta communities, do not hesitate to reach out - your dream home awaits!

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