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Fall Home Maintenance in Louisville

Preemptive checklist to ensure your home stays cozy this winter.

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Broker/Agent

Louisville experienced our first frost of the season. With the cool weather underway, check off these fall maintenance items to ensure your home stays cozy:

  • It's autumn, which means the leaves are falling, so pull on the gloves and clear out your gutters and downspouts.
  • Seal cracks around windows and doors with calk, weather-stripping or tedious plastic.
  • Look indoor for ceiling corrosion or leaks. Then grab a sturdy ladder, and a watchful buddy who is not easily distracted, as you carefully inspect the roof for any damaged or curled shingles. Hire a local roof repairman if afraid of heights.
  • Check outdoor faucets for drips, and drain irrigation systems and hoses of water. Store your mower and empty any leftover gas.
  • Clean or replace furnace filters. Make sure your heating system is running tip-top.
  • Check fireplaces and chimneys for buildup, blocks, or a nesting mama bird before you fire up. Look up instructions for a DIY sweep, watch Mary Poppins, or schedule a cleaning from local chimney professionals.
  • If you have a gas-fired heater, inspect to make sure it is working properly. Explosions are not fun.
  • Test your smoke alarm, and inspect your (or buy a) fire extinguisher. Be comfortable enough with the instructions to know how to operate in the heat of the moment!
  • Last but not least,...

Fall is Here, Louisville

Prepare windows now to save yourself money and comfort later

by MIKE HALL Owner/Agent/Broker

The first days of fall have officially arrived in Louisville. The recent rain pushed leaves to begin their transformation from our lush Kentucky green to warm golds, ambers, bright tangerine and ruby red.

Along with the beautiful sights come breezy days and chilly nights. Right now the weather is perfect for leaving your windows open. Invest in some reusable window screens found at Home Depot, Lowe's or Wal Mart (you'll be pulling them out of storage again this coming spring.) Keeping your AC from running will help our environment as well as blunt the blow of those higher energy bills this winter. But don't let this temperate weather fool you. Winter will be here before we know it, and you don't want that to sneak into your home!

Check those windows. On a cool night, with the windows sealed shut, feel to see if any are a bit drafty. They may be in need of some simple caulk, or even replacing. Now would be the time for any fixing. Imagine in a few months the only thing separating you from 20-degree weather a piece of plastic. Ready to add even more stress to your holiday season by uprooting the family for a few days packed-in at grandma's? Didn't think so. Prepare now to keep frost from forming on the inside of your windows this winter. 

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