Fall is in the Air!
Climate change or not, it happens like clockwork every year in the Boise area at about this time. It’s like a switch is flipped when we get to Labor Day. The weather makes huge swings from hot to cold, to rain, back to hot and dry again and then finally settles into the familiar cool nights and warm late afternoons of Fall. We have to remind ourselves not to be lulled into inactivity by, what seams like, an endless Indian summer. This is the time when we should be preparing our rental houses for winter. Remember, last year we experienced severe cold and snow the second week in November catching many people unprepared.
Top 10 checklist - prepare your rental for winter:
- Tune up the heating system. When is the last time you had your HVAC system serviced?
- Avoid leaks and ice dams. Check the roof for loose or damaged shingles.
- Once the leaves have fallen, get the gutters cleaned out. Schedule now so you can be sure to get this done before a hard freeze.
- Keep your crawl space dry. Add extensions to downspouts to direct water away from foundations.
- Detach hoses from faucets and then turn off your exterior faucets.
- Avoid cracked irrigation pipes! Get your Sprinkler system blown out. Typically Boise/Nampa area irrigation districts shut off the water supply in early October.
- After the first deep freeze, it’s a good time to get some pruning done and dead tree branches removed. You don’t want winter squalls to send branches crashing through windows or raking shingles off your roof!
- Pretty soon your tenants will be using the heating system. If your house has a gas furnace do you have Co2 detectors installed in your rental?
- If you have a wood fireplace and woodstove in your rental, now is a good time to get that chimney swept.
- Call RMA now if you would like us to take charge of any of these items on your behalf.
Fall Cleanup Special:
Take advantage of our Fall Cleanup special!
- Leaves raked and removed
- Fall Fertilization
- Hoses detached and stored. Faucets winterized with Styrofoam wrap
- Gutter survey and recommendation
We will also conduct an exterior walk around your property surveying for any obvious winter concerns and general preventative maintenance, making recommendations as necessary.
All this for only $150
The earliest measurable snowfall in Boise since record keeping began in 1898 was on October 10, 2008 with 1.7 inches of snow falling by 10pm according to the National Weather Service. The previous earliest recorded snowfall was Oct. 12, 1969.