Four Home Improvement Projects for Fall

Fall is officially here so it's time to make sure your home is ready for the changing season. 

1. Get your mind out of the gutter
For most of us, cleaning out the gutters ranks right up there with getting a root canal- necessary but certainly not fun! Regular maintenance is needed to keep gutters from getting clogged. Over time, leaves and debris build-up can cause damage to your exterior,  leaks in your basement, or water pooling at your foundation.
Clearing the clutter will ensure that rain runoff flows in the right direction and away from your home. Hiring a professional also helps with potential falls off the ladder! 
2. Window stripping
According to the Department of Energy, Virginian's spend an average of $1,488 per year on energy costs and lose about 10% of energy efficiency via gaps in their windows and doors. Fortunately, there is a simple and inexpensive fix for this issue.
Apply weather stripping to the frames of drafty windows or sliding glass doors. You'll feel the results almost immediately as air stops leaking out and the temperature inside stays constant. 
3.  Heat things up
We already know you're replacing your HVAC filter regularly, but you'll want to have your heating system serviced yearly. Sometimes noisy belts can signal a problem with the blower motor or your heating ducts could be blocked if you're experiencing diminished air output.
A qualified HVAC professional can inspect your furnace for any potential issues,  ensuring you stay cozy all winter!
4. Raise the roof
Many of us don't think about our roof unless there is a leak and then we panic! Roof repairs can be costly so have your roof inspected yearly for signs of damaged shingles or shakes that might need replacing.
Falling branches or strong windstorms can create holes that the naked eye can't see. You can use binoculars to get a full visual of your roofline and don't forget to check that the vents in your attic are in working condition. 
Tackle these projects now and you'll have your home ready for the colder months ahead! 

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