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Updated 06/18/2024 - KRPS 89.9 FM is fully operational, broadcasting at 100,000 watts.

Fall Home Maintenance is Tedious but also Cost Prohibitive to Complete Ahead of the Winter Months

For most Americans buying a home is the single largest purchase of their lifetimes, in many circumstances taking decades to pay off. The BBB suggests protecting your investment will both maintain and increase the value of your property but also save money due to costly, emergency repairs that could have been prevented.

The Better Business Bureau's Springfield, Missouri Regional Director Panela Hernandez spoke with KRPS's Fred Fletcher-Fierro about home maintenance to remember this fall.

BBB's Pamela Hernandez speaking with KRPS's Fred Fletcher-Fierro about fall maintenance

Fall may have just recently arrived but it’s also time to consider home maintenance projects ahead of winter. KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.

The air is getting more relaxed, and the leaves and cornfields are turning yellow. Fall is here.

With the change in weather comes a list of home maintenance that all homeowners should tackle before the ice and snow arrive. TheBetter Business Bureau has assembled a list of 16 home projects to do before the weather turns cold and it's uncomfortable to be outside for long periods.

Pamela Hernandez of the BBB suggests a project that makes your home more energy efficient regardless of the season.

“A couple of things that really come to the top of the list are one, just checking windows and doors for air leakage. That's another thing that we think about maybe in terms of cold air getting in or hot air getting out, but it's also about preventing spiders and insects from entering your home. So there's a lot of reasons to make sure you've checked that.”

Pam with the BBB also recommends keeping your rain gutters clean and free of debris ahead of fall storms.

In addition to having your roof inspected while the weather is sunny and mild ahead of the cold times of the year when companies scale back on re-roofs unless it’s an emergency repair which would be more expensive.

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Since 2017 Fred Fletcher-Fierro has driven up Highway 171 through thunderstorms, downpours, snow, and ice storms to host KRPS’s Morning Edition. He’s also a daily reporter for the station, covering city government, elections, public safety, arts, entertainment, culture, sports and more. Fred has also spearheaded and overseen a sea change in programming for KRPS from a legacy classical station to one that airs a balance of classical, news, jazz, and cultural programming that better reflects the diverse audience of the Four States. For over two months in the fall of 2022 he worked remotely with NPR staff to relaunch krps.org to an NPR style news and information website.

In the fall of 2023 Fred was promoted to Interim General Manager and was appointed GM in Feburary of 2024.