7 Must-Do’s to Prep Your Home for Fall Weather

As kids flock back to school, it’s a sure sign cooler weather will soon start settling in over Lancaster, West Chester, and the rest of the mid-Atlantic region. Take advantage of the less-sultry temps to make sure your home is ready to take on whatever fall has to dish out.

1. Inspect the roof.

This is an ideal time to make sure your roof is in good working shape so it can weather fall and upcoming winter storms. Damaged shingles are more vulnerable to additional wear-and-tear, plus they increase the risk that water will enter your home. If you’re not comfortable getting on the roof yourself, contact a reputable contractor for a free roof inspection.

2. Inspect the attic.

Cooler weather is a catalyst for critters to seek out winter homes, sometimes in  the relative warmth and comfort of your attic. Look for signs of animal intrusion, like droppings, shredded insulation, or chewed wood. If you’re storing boxes in the attic, also look for shredded or urine-soaked cardboard. Nesting material also indicates the presence of critters. Find out more about home animal damage in our Critter Most-Wanted List.

3. Check the gutters.

Autumn leaves aren’t the only things that can muck up gutters so they can’t effectively carry water away from your home. Summer storms deposit debris too, as well as animals like squirrels and even raccoons. Clean the gutters and inspect them for damage. Learn more in Go-To Gutter Guide.

4. Weatherproof doors and garage doors.

Now is a great time to add weatherstripping to doors. This is a simple dual-purpose task that will stop drafts and, in the case of garage doors, help prevent mice and other small animals from making a home in your home as temps cool.

5. Seal cracks and openings.

From spaces where cables enter the home to cracks in masonry, take the opportunity now to prevent further damage when cold, wintry weather sets in. Caulking and sealing is often a relatively easy and inexpensive way to prevent water damage, stop drafts, and reduce the risk of major cracks.

6. Secure handrails and supports.

Wet leaves and frost layers make walkways, paths, and porches slippery. Safeguard family and guests by securing any features used to secure footing or maintain balance when things get slippery.

7. Examine the windows.

Inspect windows and window frames for damage that can decrease energy efficiency as colder temperatures arrive. Minor repairs, like caulking, are usually simple DIY projects, but call a professional contractor if you suspect warps, cracks, or breaks require a more experienced hand.

From free roof inspections to quality window replacement, the Best Contracting team is here to help you gear up your home’s exterior for fall. Get in touch for a free quote for your home in Lancaster, Reading, Chadds Ford, Cherry Hill, and other areas of PA, NJ, MD, and DE.

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