Now is the time to tackle a few chores to get your home ready for winter.
- Clean the gutters and roof. The dry fall we have had allows a lot of dust, dirt and leaves to settle in the gutters and on the roof. When it rains, this debris will clog the gutters and potentially cause a leak in the roof. It’s easy to remove when it’s dry, so try to get it done before it rains.
- Clean the vegetation around the house. Bugs and rodents are going to be looking for shelter as it gets cold and damp. Any vegetation that is touching the house is just what they’re looking for.
- Have your furnace inspected. If you haven’t had your furnace serviced and inspected in a couple of years, now is the time to do it. A quality service inspection includes lubricating the blower bearings, inspecting the intake and exhaust vents, checking the lighting system, checking for gas leaks, cleaning the dust from the blower compartment, testing the thermostat, checking the safety components, and checking the flue to be sure it is clean and open. In Tarrant County, we recommend our long-time HVAC Technician, Mike Morphis. He can be reached at 817-690-3502. A typical service call is $85.00 plus parts, if needed, which is a great value.
- Check the weatherstripping around your doors. The drought conditions over the last couple of years have caused our homes to shift, and often leaves gaps around our doors.
Stop Those Pesky Phone Calls
When I am at our client’s homes, especially the elderly ones, it’s disturbing how many times their phone will ring from solicitors calling. I’m surprised how many people don’t know about the Do Not Call Registry. It’s very easy to do, and takes less than a minute.
Either call 1-888-382-1222, or go to www.donotcall.gov to register your phone number. This doesn’t take care of the problem completely, but it will give you some relief!