4. Clean Gutters and Downspouts
Fall is the season for cleaning gutters and downspouts, preferably before leaf drop is in full force.
Cleaning your gutters is a critical part of home winterization, as clogged, overflowing gutters will run off into your home’s foundation, leading to major problems that could reduce your home’s value.
5. Add Caulking and Weatherstripping
Reducing air leakage in your home is a cost-effective way to make it more energy-efficient.
Caulking and weatherstripping are two simple air-sealing techniques that offer quick returns on investment, with caulk generally used for cracks and openings around door and window frames, and weatherstripping used to seal doors and windows that open.
Making this upgrade will save you money while you are getting ready to list your home, and it will be a small, but attractive, feature to pitch to potential buyers.
6. Check Plumbing Insulation
Pipe insulation is another fix that can help you save on energy costs and upgrade your home for future buyers.
For cold-water pipes, insulation helps them stay cool. For warm-water pipes, insulation will keep the heat in between the water heater and the faucet.
Consider your goals and priorities for your home before tackling a renovation project, and you’ll be well on your way to add a few upgrades to your list as you close out the year.