Written by Anna McCoy

 

Today, we observed The First Day of Autumn, 2021. The term “Autumn” may bring a spark of joy as one considers the changing foliage colors and the evenings to be spent fire-side with loved-ones. But Fall is much more than a season for “pumpkin spice and everything nice,” so they say. It is also a time of relief from the heat of summer and preparation of our homes for the arrival of cooler temperatures.
Our homes need regular TLC  and preventative maintenance just like many other things in life. Whether you prefer to hire out a professional or complete these projects yourself, you are guaranteed the time will be well-spent in that you will be saving money in the long run by preventing costly and potentially dangerous damages to your home due to negligence.
Do you have your Fall “to-do list” going yet? If not, there is no need for distress! We’ve compiled a list of fifteen tasks for you to consider adding to your list if you haven’t done so already.

 

  • Clean Out Gutters and Spouts & Add Extensions to Gutter Downspouts to Divert Water at Least Five-Feet from Foundation
  • Caulk Around Drafty Windows and Doors – This could save you up to 30% on your heating/cooling bill
  • Tune-up Your Heating System & Don’t Forget to Replace the Filter Before Running the Heat
  • Clean and Service Your Chimney/Wood-burning Stove
  • Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors & Replace Batteries
  • Aerate and Fertilize your Lawn
  • Turn-off and Drain Exterior Water Faucets & Winterize Sprinkler System
  • Drain and Store Garden Hoses
  • Clean, Repair, and Store Outdoor Furniture
  • Examine Roof for Loose, Damaged, or Missing Shingles
  • Put Together an Emergency Winter Driving Kit for your Car
  • Pull Driveway Weeds & Seal Cracks
  • Test Winter Equipment & Refill Gas Cans
  • Touch-up Exterior Paint & Move Paint & Caulk into Heated Garage or Indoors
  • Use the Self-Clean Feature on Your Oven – Open the windows, turn on the fans, and go enjoy the backyard bonfire!

 

 

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