Prepare for Fall with Long Island's Premier Handyman: My Home Supervisor

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Once the summer is over and the kids are back in school, it’s time to get back to that “To-Do List” and start checking off those trying tasks. The cooler mornings should serve as inspiration to dutifully button up the home in preparation for cooler days and longer nights.

Here are a few examples of September Tasks that should be completed around the home.

1. Add weather-stripping to doors and windows to seal small gaps, keeping moisture and cold air outside, and heat inside. Look around the doors and windows to check if the weather-stripping is missing, torn or tattered. Newer energy efficient windows generally don’t require additional weather-stripping, but older ones will for sure need the assistance to keep drafts and energy costs away!

2. Check storm windows for cracks and dirt. Repair any cracks immediately before installing them this fall. Cleaning will also be easier if it’s done prior to installation!

3. Caulk exterior gaps. Look to transition spots such as corners, doors, windows, areas where siding joins masonry work, or places where objects bulge from walls. Caulk is extremely difficult to apply once the temperature drops, so place this at the top of the list!

4. Live in an older home? Check the condition of the insulation to see if more is needed for the upcoming winter months. If the walls lack insulation, consider blown-in insulation foam- a procedure that will help save money down the road and pay for itself.

5. Make sure gutters are clear and ready for falling leaves.

6. Mice are currently looking for a winter home, and only need ¼-inch to squeeze into a house or garage. Be sure all exterior vents are screened and that there are no gaps beneath garage, storm or sliding glass doors.

7. Every six months the dryer vent should be cleaned out. Tackle this project now! Unhook the tube that leads to the vent and clear as much lint from it as possible, then move outside and do the same to the vent.

8. Does the roof or chimney need patching? Get to this now before leaves and snow pile up. Replace any missing shingles, slate or tiles, and check the boards along the eaves for damage.

My Home Supervisor is Long Island’s “Go-To Guy” for all home needs. Need a repair or help with that lengthy “To-Do List?” Contact My Home Supervisor today, one call does it all. Call 516-209-4151or for more information.

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