Need a Little Fall Home Maintenance?

Fall at Lake of the Ozarks has arrived! Whether you are a new homeowner, you've had your home for years, or you plan to buy a home at Lake of the Ozarks, it's time to complete some seasonal maintenance. In addition to helping you find your Lake of the Ozarks real estate, the Fran Campbell Team also wants to help you keep your home in tip-top shape! Here are 9 maintenance projects to consider completing this fall!

1. Prepare Your Deck For Winter

While it was fun sitting on the deck for the summer, it's time to start packing things up. You can cover and store your patio furniture, inspect your deck for any places that need repairs, and don't forget to cover up your grill! You can also empty any planters that still have dirt in them. Clay pots with dirt still in them can crack from the temperature changes

2. Inspect the Roof

The combination of snow, ice, rain, wind and changing temperatures can wreak havoc on your roof. If you notice any warping, missing shingles, or a lot of granules at your rain spouts, call a serviceman to come out and take a look.

3. Prepare the Fireplace

It's time to get your fireplace and heating unit in working order. Your heating systems will last longer when you have them inspected on a regular basis and make repairs as they come up. If you are spending your first winter in the house, you will want to have your fireplace inspected to make sure that everything is safe for burning.

4. Clean Yard Equipment

You will most likely not need your lawnmowers and leaf blowers once you get the landscape cleaned up for the last time. Make sure that everything has been wiped down and cleaned up, as well as draining the fuel. You can also get any winter tools ready like your ice salt, snow shovel, etc.

5. Clean The Gutters

After the leaves have fallen, you will want to empty the gutters and clean them out. Now you can inspect the joints and tighten any brackets. Ice dams can be detrimental to already weak systems, so you'll want to take care of them.

6. Cover Your Air Conditioners

Vacuuming out the internal parts of your air conditioners and then covering them with an appropriate cover can help your unit last longer and protect it from the elements. If you have a window unit, you can take them out or cover them up according to their instructions.

7. Check For Peeling Paint

While peeling or blistering paint may seem harmless, it can actually be a sign that the existing paint film is failing and is no longer protecting your home. While the weather is cool, take some time to repaint and repair.

8. Caulk Windows

One of your main goals through the winter will be to retain heat and keep the cold out. One of the most cost-effective ways to do this is by caulking the windows and doors.

9. Seal Your Driveway

Sealing your driveway before winter comes will help it last longer. Inspect it for cracks, clean out and repair the damage with filler, and then coat it with a commercial sealer.
Making sure you complete necessary maintenance on your home can help keep your home appreciating instead of depreciating. That way, if you ever sell your Lake of the Ozarks home, you will have a better chance of getting top dollar out of your home. If you are looking to buy or sell your home this fall, there is no better time to find your dream home. Visit our website and learn more about our real estate team at the Lake of the Ozarks and view our featured listings!

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