Homeowers: Start Preparing Your Home and Yard for Fall

Fall is just around the corner and cooler temperatures will begin setting in. Planning ahead to get your home and yard in top shape can help ward off problems and give you peace of mind. With each season there are different things to check for and ways to prepare. Here’s a quick checklist for autumn:

Clean the Gutters: As leaves start to fall, they can clog up your gutters. There might also be a buildup of residue from summer storms. Take the time to clean out any debris so water flows more easily through and doesn’t get backed up. It is a good idea to check the roof for any repairs too.

Check your Heating System: It’s been several months since your heating system has been on. Fall is a great time to replace air filters, clean out the vents, and make sure there is nothing blocking air flow. You may want to bring in a professional to give your system a thorough inspection, especially if it is older.

Seal Windows: Cracks in the seals along your windows and doors can lead to drafts, let warm air out, and bring cold air in. Take time to check for drafts and seal them up to improve insulation. As it gets cooler, replace screens with storm windows for added protection. You can also add draft stops along the bottom of your doors.

Clean the Fireplace: Fireplaces are a great source of warmth, but they can also be a safety hazard if not well maintained. Have a professional give your chimney a thorough cleaning and check for any problems. Remove any old ash or debris before lighting fresh wood and always dispose of ashes safely once they are cold.

Prune your Plants: Don’t forget about the outside of your home too. Trim back trees or shrubs that may scratch against your home. Cut back perennials so they are ready for next spring. Fall is also a good time to aerate and seed your lawn.

Knowing what you need to do ahead of time to get your home ready for fall can allow you to plan accordingly and not feel rushed. Give yourself plenty of time so you can enjoy the changing seasons without worrying as much about home maintenance.

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