Adjust the Thermostat
It’s obvious that you’ll be paying attention to the thermostat in any home you’re living in, because you’ll want to stay comfortable. Also consider this in a vacant property – such as an unoccupied rental unit, or if you’re going to be out of town for a time. Any time the weather is going to dip below freezing, you want to make sure that the thermostat is turned up to help prevent frozen or burst pipes, especially in any home that is empty for a time.
Prevent Unwanted House Guests
Winter weather can drive more than humans indoors! Even in homes that are occupied, it’s not uncommon for rodents to seek shelter inside. But when a property is vacant, it’s a prime situation for rodent infestation. Make sure to seal any cracks or crevices mice or other types of rodents can fit through. If the property is going to be vacant for any length of time, be sure that all food and trash is removed.
Schedule HVAC Maintenance
Time for an HVAC tuneup! Having a professional check and clean your heating system can help it run more efficiently all winter. Also don’t forget to change your filter – every two months is recommended at a minimum, although older homes that have more dust should consider changing the filter monthly.
Clean the Chimney
If you have a fireplace, you should get your chimney swept every year. Chimneys, in addition to ductwork, is another place small critters like to take up residence when it gets too cold. You also want to make sure that the chimney is free of debris before you start your first fire of the season.
Test Carbon Monoxide Detectors
We hear a lot of talk about changing the batteries in your smoke detectors but have you also tested your carbon monoxide detector? Since carbon monoxide is odorless, it’s impossible to know whether there is a carbon monoxide leak without one.
Schedule an Annual Home Maintenance Inspection
The annual maintenance inspection is for homeowners to do a thorough maintenance checkup inspection of their home or a rental home. Landlords can use this inspection report to determine if any of the home’s systems need attention or repair to maintain their investment home’s value.
If you are in need of a home inspection in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and would like to receive a thorough and informative home inspection report, book your inspection by calling:
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