It might just be me, but it sure seems like fall lasted all of about two weeks. It’s that time of year again to start thinking about performing some winter maintenance on your homes to ensure that they maintain their quality of the best custom homes Austin Texas has ever seen. The following are some tips you can use when preparing you Sterling Custom Home for the winter.

Safety Tips – Check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Change or replace your heating system’s filter grids.  You might want to clean the vents, too.

Outdoor Tips – Clean leaves, twigs, and other debris out of your gutters. Trim branches and shrubs away from the house. Stay on top of raking and instead of bagging all the leaves, consider starting a compost pile. You can add perennials and summer plants to it as well. Check to make sure your irrigation system is drained and shut off to prevent pipe bursts due to freezes. Remove and drain garden hoses and store them in a garage or shed. Be sure to cover outdoor spigots to prevent against freezing. Retrieve outdoor furniture cushions and umbrellas and store them in a garage or shed. Cover grills with waterproof covers.

Roof and Window Tips – Replace any missing or damaged shingles or tiles. To minimize risk of injury, consider using a pair of binoculars to examine the roof before getting the ladder out and walking the roof. It might not even be necessary. To help your home keep the cold weather out, examine your window and door frames and caulk any gaps you might find.

These tips will get you started on your yearly winter maintenance. For more tips, visit the Home Maintenance area of our website.