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Moving Tips: Prepare the home for autumn

Insulation may be important if your home does not have it.

Insulation may be important if your home does not have it.

If you moving company arrives around the time that the seasons are changing to cooler weather, you may want to seriously consider weatherizing your home. Making sure that cold air stays on the outside could make for a much more comfortable experience for you and your family.

It is important to make sure there are no air conditioners in your windows once you don't need them any longer. While you may not notice it, air can escape or enter rather easily in this manner, so you should be mindful that taking care of this will help your situation significantly. In addition, locking the windows when you shut them isn't only for safety, but this can keep the window at its most sealed.

Windows can always have extra work done on them to make sure that air isn't coming through and making you turn on your heat unnecessarily. Caulking the windows and frames will make sure that everything is sealed. Be careful when doing this, as careless caulking can be messy, not allowing you to get the result you desire.

Doors may benefit from weatherstripping, if the current fitting isn't up to par, or is too worn and old. By attaching new material, the seal will be able to shut down airflow, as older weatherstripping will fail after a certain point.

If you are moving into a new home, your walls likely have adequate insulation, but older homes could still lack in this area. By adding insulation, the temperature in the room will be much easier to regulate with your thermostat. Older homes have a much greater chance of losing heat than newer homes, and while this can be time-consuming, you will save a lot of money in the long run while being more comfortable.

Make sure that you also have enough oil in your heater, as well. If you use it and it runs too low, you will have to pay out a significant penalty from your oil company, which will be unwanted, especially since you recently moved. Heat will become increasingly important as the temperatures continue to drop, and you won't want to live in your new home wrapped in a bunch of blankets. By keeping the heating oil at a comfortable level, you will save money and lessen the chances of being in an emergency situation without warmth.