Winters might be mild in Las Vegas compared to other parts of the country, but that doesn't mean that you should ignore getting the house ready for the changes that will come.
Here is a list of things that you can do during the cooler autumn months:
Paint the house - The heat is not scorching and there is expected to be very little rain so the winter months are a great time to repaint the house. The average daytime temperature in Las Vegas is 59 °F, making it a great time to be outside. The paint will dry, but not so quickly that it'll give you problems. Start in the morning and you won't even need to worry about overnight freezing temps.
Inspect the roof - The cooler weather is a great time to fix the roof if need be. Take a look at it or bring in an expert to do it, for missing or damaged tiles. If you need to have the roof repaired or replaced, the weather will be much nicer than at the height of summer.
Check window and door seals - The Las Vegas area might not get a lot of snow, but it still gets cold at night here in the desert. Check that the window and door seals are in good working order. This will help to keep hot and cold outside where it should be. Bonus: It can also help to keep critters out. Recaulk any window frame and door jambs that are letting your expensive temperature controlled air out or pests in.
Check filters - It's the perfect time of year to look at the filters on furnaces and air conditioners. Throughout the year, these filters can get clogged with dust and dirt. While you should check them every few months, many people forget. The change in temperatures is the ideal time to take a look and get new filters in there. It's not just a matter of breathing cleaner air; clogged filters reduce the efficiency of your HVAC equipment and waste a lot of money.
Look for squatters - Bugs, birds, and critters don't pay rent, but they can cost you a lot of money if they're destroying your house. The wrong kinds of critters can even make your house unlivable. Call a pest control company to check the entire property inside and out for pest activity. A single trip from an exterminator early in an infestation can save you thousands later in removal and repairs.
Yard work - This is the perfect time of year to work in the yard. If you're going to plant new plants, do it now while the temperatures are cool. In the heat of summer small, new plants can struggle to keep up with the sun. Look for drought resistant and native plants for your yard and you can save on water bills later and have very little to do to maintain the yard later.
Safety check - Now is a great time to look at carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms. Replace batteries and make sure that they're working. Many people forget to do it during daylight saving time, but it's a great time when you're going to be in the house a lot more over winter.
There's always something to do when you own a home, but taking care of winter maintenance can save you a lot of money in the long run by avoiding larger catastrophes.