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    How to Get Your Alaskan Homes Ready for Fall and Winter

    While we still want to hang on to every inch left of summer, it never hurts to start thinking ahead to the colder months to make sure your Alaskan home is well prepared. As your local real estate experts in the Anchorage AK area and the surrounding Mat-Su Valley, you can count on Northern Edge Real Estate to make sure every detail is covered and you can look forward to an easy transition from summer to fall.

    Below are five ways you can get your Alaskan home ready for the cooler season ahead:

    Clean the gutters
    There is no doubt that the summer months have allowed debris, leaves, twigs, you name it, to pile up inside your gutters. It’s time to get on the roof to inspect the state of your gutters and eaves to make sure there is no blockage. Once you’ve cleaned them out completely, you can run a garden hose through them to ensure water can freely pass through them. If so, you’re all set for the wet weather coming soon! While you’re up there, it also wouldn’t hurt to check for loose or missing roof singles that could leave you with an upcoming problem!

    Seal all gaps and cracks
    During the fall and winter months in Alaska, we tend to spend more time indoors, so why not check that there are no gaps or cracks allowing the warmer air inside your home to escape? Look around windows and doors for any indicators that air could escape and seal all evident gaps and cracks with weather-stripping and caulk. You will be glad you did when the colder weather arrives!

    Inspect the HVAC
    As we mentioned above, the fall and winter months in Anchorage, Wasilla, and the Mat-Su Valley tend to prompt everyone to head inside where it’s warmer, but if you’re HVAC isn’t working properly, you’ll wish you had looked into it sooner. Now is the time to have your HVAC system inspected in order to avoid any issues in the coming months— not to mention, a longer wait time for service given the busy season!

    Clean the fireplace
    If you have a fireplace inside your Alaskan home or a wood stove, take the time to have it properly inspected and cleaned. Without doing so, you could put yourself in a risky situation when you fire it up this fall.

    Store all summer gear
    Have you been working outside of your Anchorage area home this summer? If so, you probably have lawn and garden gear galore to store for the season. When summer officially comes to a close, you will want to properly drain, clean and store your garden hose, rakes, lawn mowers, and garden tools, as well as turn off the outdoor water and sprinkler system.

    Summer is a busy season to prepare your home for the colder months ahead— and it’s also busy for the local real estate market! Give Northern Edge Real Estate a call today for more information about available homes in the area, selling your current property, or to find your home value!

    We look forward to hearing from you! Enjoy the rest of your summer!

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