Preparing Your Home For Fall

It’s that time of year when the days are getting shorter, and fall is just around the corner. This is a great time to prepare your home for those cool fall nights... and eventually freezing temperatures.

Here’s a quick checklist to help get your home in order for colder weather:

  • Clean off and cover your outdoor furniture
  • Plant your bulbs for springtime flowers
  • Clean the gutters and install gutter guards to prevent backups when the wet season hits
  • Clean on and around your outdoor HVAC units-obstructions can cause up to a 30% energy increase
  • Prepare your chimney for cozy nighttime fires with an annual safety inspection and cleaning
  • Replace your batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Prepare your furnace for the heating season with seasonal maintenance and change filters
  • Keep the cold weather out by replacing dry or damaged weather stripping on all doors and windows
  • Check your home for drafts and cold spots
  • Check your outside water spigots for leaks and put away all water hoses
  • Verify all exterior wall water pipes are insulated to prevent freezing and burst pipes
  • Check all flashlight batteries and stock up on supplies for days with potential power outages.
  • Prepare your generators and give them a test run
  • Test winter equipment
  • Fertilize your lawn, and trim your landscaping for dead or damaged tree limbs

It is important to prepare your home for the fall and winter seasons. With a little planning and preventative maintenance, you can be assured that your home is ready to endure the winter months ahead.

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