Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Your North Shore Home Improvement Checklist for September

Now that September has arrived on Chicago's North Shore, it's hard not to begin to think about what the fall season has in store. Cooler weather will soon set in and the leaves will start to fall from the trees, meaning—aside from raking—there are a few extra tasks to check off of your home improvement list this month.

Below are five tasks to complete around your home in Winnetka, Glencoe, Deerfield, Highland Park, and Northbrook in September:

Check for air leaks
When the weather gets cooler, your hand will reach for the thermostat and the last thing you want is for warm air to escape through cracks around windows and doors. Take some time to inspect seals around window frames and doors, identifying anywhere air could leak out. If you spot a problem area, you can simply apply a new bead of caulk or weatherstripping to remedy the issue.

Clean the gutters
Autumn is notorious for lower temperatures on the North Shore, as well as wet, windy weather and of course, falling leaves. Make sure your gutters are cleaned and working properly to route water away from your home and catch any new debris that may accumulate during this next season. There should be nothing left over from the summer inside your gutters as we head into fall!

Clean the chimney
It's best to leave this dirty job to the pros, especially as failing to do it well could result in a higher risk for fire inside your home. Schedule an appointment now as chimney cleaning companies can tend to book up quickly as the weeks progress and more homeowners look to cozying up by the fire.

Inspect your HVAC
Just as I mentioned above that chimney cleaners will book up quickly, so too will HVAC specialists. You will want to make an appointment now to have your system inspected and confirm everything is in working order for the cold months ahead. Also, if you haven't already, now is the time to change out your furnace filter.

Put away outdoor tools and gear
We likely have a few more weeks where your yard equipment (like lawn mowers) will come in handy, but you can take the necessary steps to store everything else. Clean garden tools to prevent rust, flush out the garden hose and turn off outdoor water, and clear a place either in your garage or another storage unit to store your patio furniture.

Whether you're ready to start fresh and sell your home on Chicago's North Shore or are a first-time buyer looking to find your dream home, you can count on me as your real estate expert to make your experience as seamless as possible.

Give me a call today for more information about the local real estate market and your next steps to achieve your buyer or seller goals this year!

Janie Bress
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