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A Note on Fall Maintenance & Home Warranties

by Don Martin ~ November 6th, 2010

Fall Maintenance & Home Warranties

Those of you whom we have represented in a purchase or sale know that we provide a 1 year Home Warranty with most of our sales.  We do this to provide a level of protection for the seller and the buyer and to make the transition from one owner to another as smooth and non-stressful as possible.  One of our key partners in this service is one of the nations largest providers of home warranties – Home Warranty of America.  HWA just published their fall maintenance tips and I thought I should pass them along to you.

Fall Home Maintenance Tips from HWA

Fall is, for many, the most enjoyable of all the seasons. One reason for this time of year’s popularity is its short timespan. As the temperatures steadily decline and days get shorter, the cold winter days get closer and closer.

While you are out enjoying the fall colors, pumpkin farms and Halloween activities, take some time to prep your home – both indoor and outdoor – for winter with the below fall home maintenance tips!

Outdoor Fall Maintenance Tips
1. Clear debris out of you window wells, gutters, downspouts, and storm drains. This will allow the water to properly drain, minimizing standing water and stalling the freeze and thaw expansion process that often occurs during colder months.
2. Make sure the weather stripping on your windows and doors fit and is in good condition.
3. Clean your windows. Sparkling clean windows let in lots of sunlight that will help chase away winter’s doldrums.
4. Look for broken or cracked glass and damaged screens or storm windows. Also, check for loose putty around glass panes.
5. Remove garden hoses from spouts, drain and store for the winter.

Indoor Maintenance Tips
1. Get your heating system checked by a professional.
2. Replace your furnace filter.
3. Clean out any dust that has accumulated in vents to reduce exposure to indoor pollutants and cut down on winter colds.
4. Make sure you have proper insulation in both your attic and basement. While checking your insulation, if you see any dark, dirty spots, it may indicate you have air leaks coming into your home.
5. Remove hair from drains in sinks, tubs, and showers.

If you have any questions about our services including the provision of home warranties, please contact me.  If you would like more information about specific products from HWA, please visit their website at :

Have a Blessed Day,


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