If the calendar didn’t say it, I wouldn’t believe it, but we are actually in the midst of the fall season in beautiful Georgetown, Texas! The (sometimes!) crisp/cool air, fall colors, and backed up traffic on Austin Avenue on home game Friday nights all confirm what the calendar says – even if the thermometer doesn’t….!
Admist all these great things, there are certain things you need to take care of as a Georgetown, TX homeowner – that will also be of help into the….dare I say it?…. winter season as well.
As a homeowner, it’s important that you take certain steps in order to protect your home’s condition and also your wallet. So let’s explore 5 key areas that you ought to review over the upcoming weeks to be fully equipped for what lies ahead:
- Routine furnace maintenance: Don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment for your furnace. While trying to juggle work obligations, kids, school, chores, and much more, this is one of those areas that can easily be overlooked. There are many companies in the area that will come out and do a check up on your HVAC unit to make sure it’s ready for falling temperatures. Precision Heating and Air covers the Georgetown and surrounding areas – works 24/7 – and doesn’t charge extra for after hour calls!
A couple hundred dollars now is much more reasonable than a few thousand later. Keep your furnace in good working condition and make sure you’re prepared for the colder temperatures.
- Clean off your roof: As the leaves begin to fall, it’s important that you protect your roof from unnecessary moisture. Take the time to clean off any debris that builds up before the winter months and ensure that your roof is patched from any basic wear and tear.This will be especially vital just IN CASE we happen to see snow this winter. Hey – I’m, a dreamer, OK!?! Also, clear out your gutters and scan the area around your chimney as well. If there seems to be any places where water could leak in than it may be time to call a professional. Gary Brown at 512-635-4206 will take care of any roofing needs you have.
- Prepare Your Pipes: First of all, don’t forget to unscrew any hoses or nozzles attached to the outside faucets. For those who are using underground sprinklers, take the time to push out any remaining water from the summer. Also, cleaning your septic system may be beneficial before the temperatures hit freezing.
- Basic Crack Repair & Landscape: For those who have minor sidewalk or concrete damage, now may be a good time to fill some of those areas with something like Quikrete to avoid further damage. This can help to keep water and moisture out, especially if snow hits. Also, make sure to clear out the areas around your house where leaves have fallen, and cut back any other trees or shrubbery.
- Insulation & Energy Efficiency: This can be a huge money waster! For those who are rarely at home and constantly on the run, you may want to consider investing in a programmable thermostat. This can save you hundreds of dollars alone by cutting back on unnecessary energy costs. Especially with the rise in most utilities costs, this should certainly be considered.Also, are there areas around your windows, doors or elsewhere that may be allowing drafts to enter your home? Consider either having these places sealed or maybe investing in some new materials. Depending on how long you plan to live at your current residence, the cost could certainly be justified. For more tips on convserving energy, visit www.takecareoftexas.org. Lots of good ideas there!
Hopefully you have found these 5 tips to be helpful and informative – and you’re ready to enjoy Georgetown TX in the Fall!
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