Dear Monica: It’s still summer but I know that fall and then winter will be here soon. I know I need a new roof for my house. What other maintenance would you suggest I do? Peter M.

Dear Peter: The roofing companies are starting to get very busy so you are smart to get moving on this. It takes time to get bids and schedule the work. You might also improve your insulation, if you have an older house, and make a list of all of the items you know should be fixed including electrical, fencing, window replacement, fumigation for termites, among others. It may also be time for a new furnace and water heater and it would be good to get those items replaced before the weather turns. Another major maintenance item is painting. If it’s time to repaint, get it done now.