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Fall Preparation Tips from Whole Home Modifications

Posted on October 06, 2015 by kim

Fall is officially here. Besides falling leaves and hot apple cider, that means it’s time to prepare your home for colder weather. There are several quick updates you can make to the outside of your home to make your family more comfortable this season.

Add lights along your walkways: It’s getting darker earlier, which means guests are more likely to leave your home in the dark. By lighting your path you’re making sure family and friends won’t trip on a stray toy or lose their footing on a curving path. Be sure to install a few lights before your next party or family gathering.  

Repave your walkway: Over the years and through the seasons your sidewalks get cracked and damaged, which can become dangerous for anyone walking and cause them to fall. You have plenty of stylish and safe options when you decide to repave – including concrete, cobblestone, and pavers. Take a look at your home and lifestyle to see which option is right for your family.

Re-seal your driveway: Just like your sidewalk gets cracked from wear and tear, so does your driveway.  Depending on the age of your driveway, you’ll either want to re-seal the driveway, or replace it all together. The new, smooth coat means kids or grandkids are less likely to trip and fall while running around practicing their free throws or soccer drills.

Clean your gutters: It’s important to clean your gutters twice a year to make sure that they are working properly. Now that leaves have started falling, it’s a good idea to check your gutter for debris including animal nests, branches, leaves, and anything else that may have landed on your roof. While you’re at it, make sure your downspout is pointed away from your house. You don’t want to cause erosion to your foundation because of run-off.

Check your windows: Your windows and doors are the easiest places for heat to escape and cold air to enter your home. Start your weatherization process by checking the seal between the window and your siding. You may want to remove old paint and caulking to re-caulk the windows. This creates a tighter seal, keeping your heat inside. After you’ve checked the outside of your windows, move inside and check your weather stripping to see if it needs replacing. All of this should happen after you switch your screens for your storm windows.

These small steps are easy ways to make sure your home is prepared for the change in weather. If you’re considering some or all of these projects, give us a call. Whole Home’s experts offer in-home consultations and custom solutions for your home to keep up with your family’s unique needs and active lifestyle. Call (513) 482-5100 to schedule your consultation with an expert to



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