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Home Improvements for October

October is when we really feel the transition into fall. Seasonal changes affect your home, so there are some steps to take to ensure that your home and your family are ready for the approaching winter. The Corpus Christi movers have a few tips on how you can make your October a productive one—all while sliding into the fall season with ease.

Get your home ready for winter. October is the ideal time for you to check the foundation for cracks, and caulk around the areas where masonry meets siding, where pipes or wires enter the house, and around the windows and door frames to prevent heat from escaping (and humidity and moisture from entering).

Inside, there is work to be done as well. Sealing drafts around windows and doors, and installing sufficient insulation — particularly in the attic and the basement, are two economical ways to keep your indoor temperatures and energy costs in line. Having your HVAC system checked by a licensed contractor is a smart fall habit, too. Heating and air systems, no matter the fuel, will work more efficiently, last longer and have fewer problems if properly serviced. At the very least, make certain to clean or replace filters. Cleaning this out will likely help to cut down the “burnt dust” smell that many homeowners have to deal with when the thermostat gets switched to heating.

Another area worth taking a peek at is the roof. Check for any loose, curled, or missing shingles because ice, rain, snow and wind, as well as rapidly changing temperatures and humidity, will only make problems worse. And, while you’re checking your roof, be sure to clean out the gutters and downspouts. Flush them with water, and inspect joints and tighten brackets if necessary. Clogged gutters are one of the major causes of ice dams and other water damage on your home. Lastly, check for any signs of peeling, missing or blistering paint. Left uncorrected, peeling paint will cause the siding itself to deteriorate, leading to expensive repairs come spring.

October is Fire Safety Month, so this is the perfect time to make sure your home has the tools necessary to stay safe. New homes are now required to be constructed with an interconnected alarm system but with Kidde’s radio-connected alarm, owners of homes built before 1993 can enjoy the same safety benefits. And, smoke detectors are essential. Regardless of whether they are hardwired, interconnected or battery-powered, you should have smoke detectors on every level of your home, particularly in the kitchen, hallways near bedrooms and basement.

Also, purchasing a fire extinguisher is one of the best investments a homeowner can make. They prove quite handy when alarms are blaring and there are flames to be extinguished.

There you have it! Some tips on preparing your home for the fall season and throughout the rest of the year.