7 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Fall

Fall is right around the corner. Are you prepared?
Even in Texas, there are things you need to do as we move into the cooler months. Below are 7 steps that will save you time and money.

 

1. Clean the gutters

Gutters should be thoroughly cleaned at least annually to stay functioning properly and to avoid any future problems.  Make sure that any water runoff is draining properly.
While you’re up there, inspect the roof for any damage or shingles that need to be replaced.

 

2. Start composting

Use the fallen debris from fall to help your garden next spring and summer. Doing the prep work now will make it easier to maintain throughout the year.

 

3. Pressure wash the sidewalk and walkway

Clean our any summer damage and make sure your surfaces are clean heading into the cooler months. Also, be on the look out for any concrete repairs that need to be made.

 

4. Routine Maintenance

Whether it’s for your home or rental property you own or manage, this is the perfect time to make sure that all routine maintenance has been performed. Inspecting your property when the weather starts cooling down will allow you to notice anywhere cold air may be entering where it shouldn’t.  Inspect all doors, windows, and outlets. If you do catch anything that needs fixing it will be easier to fix in the fall, and your tenants will be happier for it as well.

 

5. Winterize your HVAC unit

You rely on your HVAC to keep your home or properties cool int he summer, and I’m sure it’s been working overtime this year!
Make sure that all systems are a go and you keep your HVAC running as long as possible. Here are some helpful tips on winterizing your HVAC unit.

 

6. Tree maintenance

A good wind storm can cause thousands of dollars of damage. While you cannot predict the weather, you can be proactive and make sure that all of the trees surrounding your property are healthy and trimmed.  Remove any branches that may become problematic and look for any sick trees that may come down and cause any damage.

 

7. Add more light

Winter months are darker, so try to bring more light inside. Clean your windows and blinds. Add more lamps in darker rooms. Swap our light bulbs with more energy efficient and brighter LED bulbs.
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Need help preparing your home or property for the fall and winter?
Give us a call. Chances are, we can do that!

Why hire a professional pressure washer?

Why hire a pressure washer when you can do it yourself?
When you can rent pressure washers easily, you may be wondering why you would ever need to hire someone to pressure wash for you.
Here are 4 great reasons that a professional will not only save you time but also money in the long run.

Safety

Pressure washers can be dangerous. If you don’t know what you are doing, there is a major risk of injury. The force that these machines provide can be incredibly harmful and strong enough to pierce skin if you come into contact with it. A professional pressure washer is aware of the risks and trained in properly using their equipment.
If you need your home pressure washed, the risk only increases when you introduce a tall ladder or cherry picker to the scene.

Avoid possible damage

If you aren’t careful or don’t have the experience of a professional, you can cause a lot of damage. Dents in the siding of your home, paint chipped, gutters knocked lose, and even more long-term damage is possible.
When water forced between cracks where it’s not supposed to go, it can cause mold and rot. This damage you may not even see right away, but it can cause thousands of dollars in damage down the road.
It’s a headache you can avoid with a professional.

Save time and money

What is your time worth?
The cost of the rental isn’t the only cost there is. How long does it take you to get to the rental location? Pick up, and drop it off? How much gas do you need to use to get there and back? Do you have to take time off work?  Add all of that to the price of a rental. Even if you purchase one, your long-term cost will go down, but the safety and possible damage concerns stay the same.
A professional will work faster and more efficiently. It’s what they do.

 

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Stay on schedule

If you manage a commercial property or live in an area where more frequent pressure washings are necessary, hiring a professional to have you on their schedule for an annual or bi-annual cleaning can help take one big thing off your list. You can have the piece of mind that you’re on schedule and be able to maintain your property as it should be.
If you’re in the greater Austin Texas area, Austin Task Force would love to be your go-to pressure washers.
We take pride in our service and bring you over 20 years of experience.
Learn more about our pressure washing services or request a free quote today!