Active adult communities are great places for retired individuals to spend time with like-minded people. A community of people with the same desires, passions and needs spending time sharing their experiences is an excellent way also to boost psychological health. An active adult community provides exposure to new exciting ideas and opportunities. Individuals make strong friendships they did not think that they would at their age.

Even though these communities offer a low-maintenance lifestyle, homeowners still have to keep a seasonal maintenance checklist to avoid high repair costs. Fall is an excellent time to deal with the little issues around the home that can make a huge difference. The impending onset of harsh weather does not have to be stressful. Here are some maintenance tips to have on every checklist:

Safety

Safety precautions can never be over-emphasized. It is always vital to check whether you have eliminated risks. For example, confirm that the safety devices available are in excellent condition and working. Test the batteries in your smoke and CO2 detectors. Look at the date on the fire extinguisher and replace, if expired. Check that handrails are holding firm. Have snow removal or de-icing materials at the ready for the winter season.

Gutters

Gutters play a vital role in diverting thousands of gallons of water from your house’s exterior. Focus on maintenance of the drainage system of your roof by getting the gutters cleaned. Ensure that before the leaves begin to fall, your gutters are cleaned and ready for the smooth flow of water. Smooth flowing water will also avoid ice jams in the winter.

Service the Furnace

Before the cold season begins and you close the house to turn on the heat, make arrangements to service the furnace. Schedule the maintenance early before the companies are high in demand. If you ignore any issues, you may cause severe damage to the HVAC equipment. Before summer is over, schedule a professional check. When the cold season arrives, there will be a hike in prices and competition for the maintenance crews.

Improve Insulation

Older adults can be more sensitive to temperature changes so maintaining a comfortable level is vital. Insulation in the attic and walls needs checking and any needed improvements made to keep away the cold air especially at night. Insulating is economical in preventing heat from escaping and causing the furnace to work overtime heating the house. Save on energy bills by insulating the walls.

The Tapestry is an active adult community in Garner, NC.  For more information call 919-772-4663.