Fall Home Checklist – Preparation Is Everything!

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Fall is upon us and now is the time to make sure both you and your home are prepared for what’s to come. Don’t get overwhelmed! You still have time to prepare, and anything that you do will help in the long run. Here’s a quick checklist for preparing your home for the fall season.

 

  • Gutters. Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts.
  • Seal it. Seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors with weather-stripping and caulk.
  • Roof over your head. Inspect your roof for damaged or curled shingles, corroded flashing, or leaky vents, you don’t want to wait until it’s too late.
  • Outside Walkways. Repair damaged sidewalks, driveways, and steps.
  • Winterize Faucets. Drain and winterize outdoor faucets and irrigation systems.
  • Check your filter. Replace dirty furnace filters.
  • Heat your home right. Have a professional inspect your heating system.
  • Around the fire. Check fireplaces for soot or creosote build-up. Schedule a visit from a locally trusted chimney sweep.
  • Don’t forget the gas. If you have a gas-fired room heater, have it inspected. Also, perform any routine maintenance recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Old fashioned. To avoid a deadly situation, be sure to inspect your wood furnace before firing it up.
  • Reverse it. Reverse your ceiling fans to keep he fan will produce an updraft and push down into the room heated air from the ceiling (hot air rises). This is especially helpful in rooms with high ceilings.
  • Mulch leaves when you mow. Mow your leaves instead of raking them, the trick is to cut the leaves, while dry, into dime-sized pieces that will fall among the grass blades, where they will decompose and nourish your lawn over the winter.
  • Avoid the rush. Don’t wait for the first winter storm to restock cold-weather essentials, such as salt or ice melt.
  • Keeping your family safe. A home safety check should be an annual tradition in every household. Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, inspect (or buy) fire extinguishers, review fire escape plans, and rid your home of old newspapers and other fire hazards.

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