Back to School: Home Maintenance You Can’t Ignore

by Ben SanfordOctober 4, 2016

New School Year, New Season: Take Care of Your Home Maintenance Now

Now that Labor Day has passed, school is in full swing. As kids head back to classes, and all their extracurricular activities start up again, life can become hectic quickly. While this time of year often results in packed schedules and new activities, heading back to school also signals a new beginning.

It’s a new year: for your kids, for you, and for your home. So before things pick up, take time to attend to your home. Read on below for suggestions about which home maintenance tasks you won’t want to ignore before heading into another exciting year ahead.

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Refuel for the Season Ahead

While you may still be enjoying the tail end of summer weather, temperatures will soon start dipping. Before winter arrives, call a heating contractor to check your home heating system. Preventive maintenance is key to ensuring your system will operate efficiency and effectively, saving you money in the long run. If you have a fireplace or a wood stove, be sure to check these features as well to make sure you’re experiencing optimal fuel performance.

Looking Up: Roof and Gutter Check

After a season of glorious weather, it’s easy to forget that you should investigate your roof’s condition. As temperatures drop and rain and snow begin to infiltrate your weekly forecast, your roof is the first point of contact on your house. The roof is an essential barrier, protecting you and your family from inclement weather, so be sure to proactively take steps to make sure there are no red flags before the weather shifts.

Look out for loose or missing shingles, as these are warning signs that you may need to invest in maintenance to avoid water leaks and potential mold problems down the road.

While you’re attending to your roof, check your gutters. Especially after leaves have fallen, the back to school season is a perfect time to check for any debris that has accumulated in your gutters. Flush your gutters with water to clear them (this will help prevent damaging ice dams), and take care to replace any gutters that are old or damaged beyond repair.

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Deep Clean Your Carpet

With rainy sports practices and outdoor play ahead, your carpet will be in constant contact with debris and dirt tracked in this season. Before your carpet experiences the added wear and tear of the season ahead, take time to deep clean and shampoo your carpet.

Yes, your carpet will soon gather more debris; however, it’s important that you spend the time and money to splurge on carpet cleaning to keep the material comfortable and in its best condition. For a relatively low cost, you can begin the school year with clean carpets and improved air quality — benefits you won’t want to miss.

How About That Hot Water Heater?

How recently have you checked your hot water heater? A frequently overlooked home maintenance task, draining your hot water heater is essential to preserving this utility’s function. Over time, mineral deposits can build up inside of your home’s hot water heater, which can be detrimental towards the heater’s overall function. And the longer it goes unchecked, the more substantial risk you face in experiencing issues due to mineral deposits. With cooler temperatures on the horizon, it is increasingly important to drain your hot water heater to keep things running smoothly.

While online searches will produce a number of fall home maintenance checklists, these tasks are easily overlooked. So be proactive, and as school starts anew, set things straight for your home. With attention to these tasks, your home will be ready for the year ahead. is the place to dream and discover your ideal home! Are you starting to get the itch to look for your first or next home, but don’t know where to start? You’ve come to the right place! Browse our real estate and lifestyle blog for home buying tips, mortgage guides, DIY ideas, interior design, lifestyle topics, general home inspiration, or just some homes fun. We are sure you can scratch that itch and find all the information and tools you need to help in your home search. Want to start looking at available real estate right now? Head to our home page and check out homes for sale or rent listings all over the country. Happy house hunting!

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About The Author
Ben Sanford
Ben is a real estate agent and freelance writer. He's lived on the east coast his entire life and is just as "at home" on a snowboard as he is in the office. When not writing about local real estate markets and researching hot new tips for homeowners, he can be found working on his home renovation projects with help from his wife Melissa and their kids, Josh and Cheyenne.

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