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Be Prepared & Safe for the Coming Winter: Perform These Chicagoland Fall Home Maintenance Measures Now

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Be Prepared & Safe for the Coming Winter:

Perform These Chicagoland

Fall Home Maintenance Measures Now



Seems like we were just talking about the beginning of warm weather and summer pursuits ... 


But here we are ... already putting pumpkins, cornstalks, and fall mums out to decorate our homes.  


Yes, it's hard to believe, but Fall has officially arrived and colder temperatures can't be too far behind.

That, of course, means that fall maintenance chores should be done.  And whether a personal residence or an investment property, there's plenty to do.  Performing fall maintenance chores now will prevent breakdowns, damage, or discomfort during the harsher, colder weather that's sure to come though.


To help you prepare your home and property, I've put together a Fall Maintenance Checklist.  Feel free to print this handy checklist up!


Be prepared and protect you and your family this Fall and Winter by performing the preventative home maintenance measures on this checklist now.  You'll have peace of mind throughout the coming cold winter months ...

Gene's FALL Maintenance Checklist
Inside your Home:
  •   Change your summer screens to cold weather storm windows & doors
  •   Inspect/Repair loose or damaged door and window frames
  •   Install new weather stripping or caulking
  •   Replace your furnace filter
  •   Have a heating check/tune-up performed on your furnace/heating system by a heating professional
  •   Inspect (and clean, if need be) your heating ducts and vents
  •   Have your fireplace cleaned & checked by a licensed chimney sweep
  •   Check/Add fire extinguisher(s) in your home
  •   Check the batteries/connections for your home's smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  •   Check your attic insulation.  Add insulation, if needed.  Make sure insulation is NOT covering vents
  •   Check the attic for signs of "critters".  Place screens on attic vents to prevent their entrance
  •   Make sure pipes are insulated, especially those towards outside walls
  •   Clean and vacuum dust from all vents, baseboard heaters, cold-air returns 
  •  Drain/Clean your hot water tank
  •  Check for dampness in your basement/basement floor
  •  Clean your kitchen range hood filter
  •  Check your crawlspace for water, mold, "critters", more.
  •  Reverse ceiling fans


Outside your Home:

  • Drain/Turn-off water sprinkler systems & outside faucets
  • Check the condition of your roof
  • Check the condition/status of your outdoor lights
  • Clean gutters & downspouts
  • Check and fix siding panels, seal gaps/cracks in stucco, Dryvit, brick, stone walls, tuckpointing
  • Place screens on chimney caps to prevent "critters" from entering your home
  • Check/Clean your sump pump discharge pipe
  • Check soffit, fascia, house trim for moisture damage.  Scrape loose paint, caulk, and apply a new coat of paint, if needed
  • Clean your dryer vent and hose, inside and outside
  • Repair cracked driveways & sidewalks
  • Divert water from your home.  Add extension hose/pipe from downspouts so water runs at least 3 to 4 feet from the foundation
  • Stock some winter-weather essentials such as salt and ice melt
  • Put away any summer equipment or lawn care tools
  • Fertilize your lawn
  • Trim low-lying tree/bush limbs from around power lines and roof of your home
  • Store outdoor patio furniture
  • Maintenance lawnmower/empty gas from the tank
  • If you have a snowblower, maintenance/check-up for coming winter use
Do all of the above, and you'll have the warmth, protection, and safety of your home, its occupants, and visitors provided throughout the coldest winter days ... 
* Hoping to buy or refinance a home or investment property in New Lenox - Will County or elsewhere in the Chicagoland - IL - WI area?

Contact me today. I'll put my 40+ years of mortgage experience hard to work on your behalf.
I'm easily found at:
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Mortgage Lender - NMLS #216987 - IL Lic. #0006220 - WI Licensed
American Portfolio Mortgage Corp.
NMLS #175656
Direct: 815.524.2280
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Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

OMG Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi this is a long, long get prepared for winter list!  Now I know why I live in Phoenix!  I'm preparing for outdoor weather - which is all fun!

Sep 25, 2019 02:33 PM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi

Lots to do ... much at stake, Anna Banana Kruchten - Phoenix Homes Sales ... During the cold weather, I hug my golf clubs to keep me warm!  


Sep 26, 2019 08:16 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Gene- excellent list and I'm very happy that even though we've relocated back to Houston we will not have to do major winterizing!!!



                     You've been featured in the Group Bananatude!

Sep 25, 2019 07:38 PM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi

Thanks so much for the Bananatude thumbs up, Kathy Streib ... much appreciated.  Stay safe in Houston!


Sep 26, 2019 08:17 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Gene. Thanks for the tips. Many easily forget some items on your list. enjoy your day!

Sep 26, 2019 04:38 AM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi

Hope the reminder helps many, Wayne Martin ...


Sep 26, 2019 08:18 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Gene... great tips even for those of us who don't live in Chicago-land cold and snow... but I am happy I don't need to worry about lots of pipe insulation, storing outdoor furniture, checkin a snowblower, etc.

Sep 26, 2019 04:58 AM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi

Admittedly, we here in colder climates must see to a few things those in warmer climates do not, Nina Hollander ... it's the price we pay to enjoy our 4 distinct seasons ...


Sep 26, 2019 08:20 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi - this is an excellent list.  I heard our building inspector at BNI say make sure you have everything sealed so that you don't have univited animials.

Sep 26, 2019 09:08 AM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi

Definitely true, Grant Schneider ... you don't want uninvited "guests".  They typically do some real damage ...

Great addition to the list!


Oct 08, 2019 08:40 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

A lot of these measures for the cold would work pretty well in New York as well in my hometown

Oct 07, 2019 09:32 PM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi

Anywhere it gets "BRRRRRRRR" cold, Laura Cerrano.   Hopefully, the tips prove motivational and help everyone face the winter ahead ...


Oct 08, 2019 08:42 AM