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Plymouth Home Ready for Fall
Whether you are searching for Plymouth homes for sale or have already made your purchase, there are things you should know about getting your house ready for fall – especially if this will be your first fall season as a homeowner. Our real estate agents offer this fall maintenance checklist to help you maintain your home throughout the colder months ahead.

  1. Schedule HVAC System Maintenance
    The end of the summer means it's time to get your heating system inspected by a professional HVAC technician. Scheduling that service call before the cold weather will keep your HVAC system in top shape throughout the heating season. It can also save you money by ensuring that your system is working as efficiently as it should. Also, if you aren't yet familiar with your heating system, your HVAC tech can show you what to do to keep things running this fall and winter.

  2. Clean and Inspect Your Gutters
    Cleaning and inspecting your gutters are essential to prevent water damage to your home. Making sure they are free of leaves, and other debris is a necessary fall maintenance task. Don't forget to check for corrosion, leaks, sagging gutters, or loose, sagging or missing brackets. Additionally, check your downspouts to make sure they are directing water 3 to 4 feet away from your home's foundation. Taking these steps can help prevent serious and potentially expensive problems, like ice dams on the roof, water in the basement, or damage to your foundation.

  3. Check Your Roof
    Cold, wet Michigan winters can cause severe damage to your home if your roof leaks. Inspect your roof (or hire a handyman) for loose or missing shingles, as well as damage to flashings around chimneys, skylights, or roof vents.

  4. Inspect Your Chimney
    Chimney damage can be dangerous, causing fires or allowing noxious fumes to build up in your home. It's a good idea to have your chimney inspected by a professional. This inspection is especially necessary for homes with fireplaces. Make sure the flue is operating correctly, check for creosote buildup in the chimney, look for cracks or missing bricks, and ensure there aren't any chimney obstructions.

  5. Check for Air Leaks
    Losing your heat to the outdoors can be costly when it comes to your energy bills and your comfort. Check weatherstripping on exterior doors and caulk any gaps around exterior door and window frames. Check for leaks around wires and pipes going into your home as well.

  6. Prepare Outdoor Faucets and Sprinkler Systems
    Any water left in these can freeze when the cold weather hits, causing pipes to crack or break. Remove garden hoses from faucets, turn off any shut-off valves connected to them, and drain away remaining water. Sprinkler systems should be drained and shut off to avoid damage.

For more information on preparing your home for fall or any other questions about homeownership, feel free to contact us. Our REALTORS® are always happy to be of service to current or future Plymouth homeowners.