Fall Maintenance Endeavors for New Homeowners in Wichita Falls

New Homeowners - MovingBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Done well--you are a new homeowner!

After the movers have left, and you're legitimately a homeowner, rather than calling your landlord when the furnace goes on the fritz, or maybe the roof drips, guess who must fix it? That is correct--you do. Odds are pretty good that modest fact was brushed aside in all your excitement over moving to Wichita Falls as well as new stuff (that perhaps included a leaf blower), but now that autumn is unquestionably coming soon, it is time to ready your new house all set for chilly weather. There's no need to stress, simply abide by these handy hacks and you'll be all set for chestnuts roasting on an open fire in no time.


To the extent that you're keen on having A/C during summer, if it goes out for a couple of days you are able to get by. When your furnace has a winter break, especially if it is within the center of a "weather event", your actual survival may be endangered.

Checking your furnace is a priority on the to-do list. If you are a intelligent home buyer, and you are, then chances are you had the Heating and cooling examined before you closed on the new abode. You may have confidence that the mechanics are in solid condition, however you need to do these simple tasks a minimum of each year. 

  • Replace filters--you need to change your filters every 3 months, unless you have a permanent one. If so, take it off and wash it on the same schedule.
  • Check that the vents are open and take away any dirt from the unit--a leaf blower will do a decent job.
  • Switch to smart thermostat--they conserve lots of energy because they're programmed to automatically reset during the day. 


Safety first--before you climb on the roof in Wichita Falls, ensure you have the appropriate ladder along with a helper to steady the ladder and catch you should you fall--or at the very least phone 911. Otherwise, work with a roofer to come get rid of the debris and clean the gutters.

For everybody who is positive you can proceed up there and return free of harm, here is what you should do. 

  • Remove any tree twigs or other rubble that might be up there.
  • Clean up the gutters. Plugged rain gutters result in more roof damage compared to snow, wind, and rain--if the water is unable to circulate cleanly through, pooling water causes leaks. Pooling water that freezes seeps into roofing shingles which will help your roof to leak sooner. The leaf blower is quite beneficial for gutter cleanup, as well. Buying a clog-free rain gutter system is a wise idea for those who have a wooded lot. 

Windows and Doors

In the event your home has current, energy-efficient windows and doors, clean the clutter from the frames and look that the weather-stripping is uncluttered and maintained. This is a good project for a breezy day--it's easier to determine if there are holes when you are able feel the wind. If your weather-stripping is degrading, replace it--it's economical and found in a variety of colors at home improvement merchants.

If you have older windows with screens, take off the screens and exchange them with storm windows. The storms are more substantial glass that can help keep warmth.


Again, since you have just recently attained the residence, the chimney for a wood burning fireplace really should be in decent working order. It is always a good idea to check for any rubble that's dropped in, along with little animals that have decided to nest there. You do not need the initial roaring fire to become enhanced with eau de chipmunk.

Outdoor Furniture

The way you handle your exterior living areas will depend enormously on where you reside. In some regions, you may use your backyard year around; in others you need to commence buttoning up by the beginning of Fall. In the event that harsh weather conditions are an expected standard, cover up your furniture or even carry it inside into the garage or basement, and cover up barbecue grills, also. Plastic toys (playhouses, sandboxes) need to have shelter, so cover up all those as well--it's good to have those outside for sunny days in the event the children want to get outside.

Great job on being a home owner in Wichita Falls, and if you don't presently have a leaf blower, go get one. It's the most convenient tool possible for house upkeep.

And, if you are looking to become a new homeowner and need help moving in Wichita Falls, give A-1 Freeman Moving Group a call!!


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