August 12, 2019
Get Your House Ready For Fall with a Car Title Loan
Fall is right around the corner and the leaves will soon be falling on the streets and yards of Alabama. If you are like millions of Americans who can’t afford a $400 expensive in the event of an emergency, there is no better way to get a head start on the cold season then with a short to-do list of important chores.
Things that are vital for homeowners include winterizing the pipes, storing equipment, and cleaning gutters. If you’re willing to do these yourself, then there’s little cost to them, otherwise you’re looking at the cost of a maintenance company. Other steps such as fixing your driveway, repairing your air conditioning units, or replacing safety items can cost money – money you might not have on hand at the moment.
If you are short on cash, a simple car title loan can be the answer for you. Select Title Loans will give you a car title loan because we know getting ready for fall takes money. With a prudent use of a loan, you’ll save money by fixing problems before they become a bigger issue that cost much, much more.
Here are ten of the most important items you’ll want to check off your getting ready for fall list.
1. Clean the Gutters
This is no one’s favorite thing to do so that’s why it’s listed first. The sooner you can clean the gutters the sooner you can check it off the list. Always be careful and use a safety ladder to reach the gutters. While you are up there, clean all debris such as leaves or dead animals so that water can properly drain.
2. Store Your Equipment
Equipment such as lawn mowers is not designed to be left out during rainy or snowy weather so it’s best you store any lawn mowers, rototillers, weed whackers, or anything of the like inside a garage. If you live near Florence or Alabama, you know the weather can be unpredictably severe.
3. Garage/Cover Summer Vehicles
Just like the lawnmowers and small appliances you stored in the last step, it is equally important that your vehicles are not left exposed to the elements. If you have a particular car that you only drive during summer, be sure to park it in the garage for the fall and winter seasons. If a garage is not available, a tarp or two could also do the trick. This will help prevent sun damage and other complications when cars are left exposed to the elements.
4. Winterize Sprinklers and Faucets
It is important to drain the outdoor plumbing such as any faucets and sprinklers. This can be done quickly with an air compressor if you have one available but it is not necessary. The idea is that the more water you can get out of the pipes the better because when water freezes it expands. If there is too much water inside the pipes when they freeze, they can burst which will lead to a costly repair. Even just locating the burst pipe can be very expensive.
5. Maintenance HVAC/New Filter
First, check the filter of your HVAC system. The filter is responsible for catching all types of debris ranging from dust to allergens, small insects, and even germs. Buying a few filters while you’re at it could save you some future trips and keeping a clean HVAC filter is vital to the system’s performance because a clogged filter will put extra strain on the motor.
Another thing you can do is to do a visual inspection and be sure that nothing is blocking any of the vents. It is also worth doing a manual inspection of all of the windows and doors to be sure that they are properly sealed and nothing will leak.
6. Safety Check
This includes checking the batteries of all electronics such as smoke detectors as well as any light bulbs in the home. Be sure that your thermostat, carbon monoxide detectors, and smoke alarm batteries are all fresh and not beginning to corrode or this can cause permanent damage to the unit. It is also a good idea to have a stock of dried food and water bottles in the basement along with some extra blankets, flashlights, and anything that could help pass the time in the event a winter storm takes out the power.
7. Setup the Mudroom
Having a good mudroom is one of the best ways to keep a house clean during the fall and winter months. A shoe rack, a bench, an extra thick rug, and a shoe cleaning hedgehog are all excellent investments. That way when you come inside, you can have a place to sit down and remove your boots before tracking mud and snow through the house. A coat rack is also a great addition to a mudroom since your fall accessories such as scarves, hats, and gloves will need a place to hang.
8. Fill Cracks in Driveway
One way to stop a small crack from becoming even larger is to fill it before it starts getting cold again. Using a filler to repair cracks in driveways, walkways, and sidewalks so that water does not get in them, freeze, and expand. This will help expensive driveways and walkways last many more winters than they would without the extra help.
Use a Title Loan to Finance your Repairs
If you find yourself Googling for a “car title loan near me,” look no further. Select Title Loans proudly serves Florence, Alabama and the surrounding areas. If you come in now, you can enjoy our Summer Savings special and receive 0% interest for 30 days on any new title loans.
Select Title Loan prides itself in doing good business and supporting the local community when they need help the most. Simply bring in a drivable vehicle with a lien-free title, and a photo ID and you are ready to walk out with a title loan.