fall maintenance


Fall is in the air. The days are getting shorter and the temperature is feeling a little cooler.  But before you head out for that pumpkin latte, it’s time to show your home a little love with some preventative fall home maintenance. Homes by Gerbus, a 3rd generation Cincinnati custom home builder, recommends the following tips to have you and your home ready for the first snow flake!

1. Seal any air leaks around windows and doors.
2. Check your roof.
3. Clean your gutters and downspouts.
4. Check and replace batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
5. Adjust your thermostat and switch to a smart thermostat if you haven’t already!
6. Have your furnace and fireplace checked and cleaned.
7. Check your filters. We recommend changing your HVAC filter on a monthly basis.
8. Prep your lawn, planting beds, and trees.
9. Clean and store lawn equipment, outdoor furniture, and flower pots.
10. Disconnect and store hoses.
11. Drain your sprinkler system.
12. Inspect and clean your fireplace chimney.
13. Clean and vacuum behind your refrigerator, freezer, and range.
14. Seal your driveway and patio concrete to prevent concrete spalling.
15. Clean your dryer vent.
16. Check the snowblower and make sure you have gas for the blower.
17. Check the propane in your outdoor fireplace.
18. Check and change filters in your appliances.
19. Plant trees and shrubs.
20.Plant fall bulbs when ground temperatures reach 40 – 50 degrees.

Meet the Builder: For nearly seven decades our locally and family owned building company, founded by Walter Gerbus Sr., has been crafting exquisite custom homes in the greater Cincinnati area and Northern Kentucky. Offered in the finest custom home communities or on your homesite, our homes are built on solid family values and a strong work ethic that has guided our company (and family) for three generations. From handshakes at the time of contract, to hugs at the time of closing, we pride ourselves on building homes of uncompromising value, quality, and style. The 2023 Cincinnati Homearama People’s Choice award-winning home builder, Homes by Gerbus takes great comfort in the accolades that we receive from our satisfied clients who praise our team for listening to their concerns, addressing their questions, and providing a pleasurable and stress free home building experience. The Homes by Gerbus, Inc. family of companies also includes Gerbus Remodeling, Inc. for your luxury home remodeling needs in the greater Cincinnati and northern Kentucky areas.  Alan Gerbus is a second generation custom home builder, a Past President of the Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati, and the Chairman for the 2023 Cincinnati Homearama.

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