7 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Fall

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We’ve had some great weather lately and we’ve been spending A LOT of time outdoors.  We love when the weather gets cooler and we can enjoy our new bonfire that I built with my own two hands.  (Yes, I can get my hands dirty on occasion). 

Chances are you too have been spending more time enjoying the great outdoors.  While you’re outside having fun, take some time to prep your home for fall with these 7 must dos! 

  • Clean your gutters. Overflowing water from clogged gutters can damage your roof and lead to cracks in your home’s foundation.  Clear out your downspouts and direct them away from your foundation and basement to avoid water damage.
  • Replace damaged/missing shingles. Cracked, broken or missing shingles leave your roof exposed to the elements.
  • Trim trees and bushes. If you let trees and bushes grow too close to your home, they can block the sun and lead to water damage.
  • Have a professional tune your furnace. By having your furnace checked and tuned by a professional, you can reduce temperature variations, improve air quality and protect against carbon monoxide.
  • Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. If your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors run on batteries, check them at least once every season.
  • Put unused lawn equipment away. If you’ve finished with your lawnmowers, clippers, rake and other implements for the season, put them away in a safe place for next spring.
  • Have your chimney checked. A professional chimney sweep can evaluate the condition of your chimney and, if necessary, clean it to get rid of creosote, which is flammable and can be dangerous.

If you notice anything out of the ordinary while you’re inspecting your home and knocking out these 7 tips, contact us for advice.  If you’d like a referral for work that requires a professional, we can refer you to a reputable resource.

What other “must dos” are you doing to prepare your home for fall?  We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.

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