Late Fall Home Maintenance

Porch AutumnAs the cold months of winter approach, now is the time to examine how well your home is prepared to keep you warm through the cold. If you haven’t done one before, a home energy audit is a great way to discover where heat may be escaping your home, which will require your heat system to work harder, ultimately costing you more money. For help arranging a professional home energy audit, contact Sibcy Cline Home Services. Here’s a helpful article on how to perform your own home energy audit.

Here are some tips on how to get your home ready for winter:

Seal drafts
Drafty windows, doors, or other air leaks can keep your heating system running overtime. Check and seal any gaps around electrical outlets, windows, doors or air ducts with foam sealants, caulk or weather stripping. Also check all the seams on the exterior where different building materials meet for any cracks or gaps. Pay special attention to small gaps around cables, fixtures (light or water), vents and pipes.

Insulate the Attic
A well-insulated attic floor is one of the most important steps to keeping your home warm in the winter. If you have an older home, the R-value (a measure of insulations resistance to heat flow) of your insulation may not be the most effective. Here’s a guide on how to measure the R-value of your attic insulation.

Install a programmable thermostat
Installing a programmable thermostat is a fast and relatively inexpensive way to keep your home warm and your costs down.

Ready the fireplace
Make sure your fireplace is ready to keep you warm this winter. Here are a couple suggestions on how to make sure your fireplace is ready to go.

Put leaves to good use
If you run over your leaves with your lawn mower, you can then rake them up and use them as a fall mulch in your flower or vegetable garden. Untouched leaves can smother your grass, so you should rake them up regardless and you might as well get some benefit out of the job.

Hang a bird feeder
Bird seed is a welcomed supplement for birds who don’t migrate and who make “pitstops” during their trip south. Food can be scarce in the winter and a little bird seed can go along way in helping our feathered friends endure the cooler months.

Organize your garage
Has your garage become a catch-all or extra storage space? November is a great time to clean out and organize the garage so you can actually park a car in there. Depending on the condition, it may be a big job, but you’ll be glad you put in the work when you don’t have to scrap ice and brush snow off your car every morning.

Stage the Garage to Help Your Home Sell

Neat garage tool hanging storage

Can a garage help to sell your home? Yes, it can! Here are some staging tips:

De-Clutter
Buyers feel that a cluttered garage means that your home is cramped for space. Purge all clutter. If you are not using items stored in the garage, get rid of them. (Have a garage sale!)

Organization
Entice buyers with an uber-organized garage. Show off its storage space with shelving and bins. All tools need to have a home with the most-used tools on display. Take advantage of walls and ceiling for storage space. Use heavy-duty hooks for larger items (like bikes or golf clubs.) Try to get everything off the floor.

Lighting
A strip of lighting in the garage will look better than one hanging light.

Floor
The floor will look more appealing if it is coated. Use an epoxy resined-based paint on a concrete floor. Any oil spills will then be easy to wipe up.

Garage Door 
The door and opener need to operate quietly. The door should be clean.

Walls and Ceiling
Painting the garage can add a lot of appeal to the space.

Got Space? Show It Off
If your home has a three- or four-car garage, be sure to showcase this extra space. Buyers with multiple vehicles will be enticed with room for all of their vehicles.

Dreamy Garages

Car Elevators
There are auto elevators designed for garages. You drive into the garage, get out of the car and push a button and your car rises. Another car can then be parked underneath. Or, the lift can also be designed to lower into the ground. See some images here.

Luxury Garages
A subterranean garage, car turntable and 14-car garage museum – take a look at some of these amazing garages here. They are over-the-top showrooms for cars from Luxury Portfolio International.