Top 10 Things to do to prepare for Fall
The seasons change whether we like it or not. Fall is the best time of year for many of us. However, there are things we need to do to prepare your house for it. We've gathered the most important Fall home maintenance tasks to get you and your home ready for this next season.
1. Purchase a Programmable Thermostat
Having a programmable thermostat is completely worth the investment, especially once the weather cools down. If you set your thermostat back while you're away during the day, you could save up to 10% on your air conditioning/heating bill each year. Many programmable thermostats can even be accessed from on your phone.
2. Fertilize your Lawn
Our lawns take a beating during the dog days of summer. It’s time to rejuvenate them. Applying fall lawn fertilizer will help prevent winter damage and spring weeds. Ask a local garden center or check online to find out which type of fertilizer you need and when to apply it.
3. Reverse your Ceiling Fan
During winter, warm air rises to the ceiling fan while cool air will stay close to the ground. By flipping a switch and reversing your ceiling fan, cool air is forced up, and warmer air is pushed down. You will love the feel of the steady temperature.
4. Clean the Gutters
If the gutters are blocked, they can overflow which can cause water damage to your home, including the foundation and basement. Take out your ladder, and clear out any leaves, branches, or debris from the gutter. If you are afraid of heights or never want to do this again, consider have a gutter protection installed. You will never need to clean them again.
5. Plant Bulbs for Spring-Blooming Flowers
What do you want your flower garden to look like next spring? Now is the time to decide. There are beautiful several Spring-blooming flowers, but they must be planted at just the right time during the Fall. Some popular ones are the tulip, iris, daffodil, hyacinth and lily.
6. Clean the Fireplace and Chimney
Before you fire up the fireplace this Winter, make sure it's clean and ready to go. Your fireplace & chimney should be cleaned and inspected every 50 burns to ensure that it's ready to be used.
7. Check Smoke Detectors
Replace all batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home. Once you've replaced the batteries, press the test button to insure they are working properly.
8. Remove Warm Clothes from Storage
The seasons will begin to change and soon you'll be trading in your tank tops for coats. This is a great time to sort through all your warmer clothes and decide if you still want to keep everything you stored away. If you don't think you'll wear it this Fall, donate it to your local thrift store.
9. Check Windows & Doors for Leaks
As the year ends, the weather will get colder. If your windows are not sealed properly, your home could lose lots of heat, causing your gas and heating bills to spike! Check for leaks now and have a worry-free winter.
10. Organize the Garage
It’s not a fun activity but, the garage most likely could use some tidying up. Install some shelving or add some hooks to keep your garage more organized year-round. Why not pull out your Fall decorations while you’re at it?
11. Enjoy the Season
Getting the house ready for the upcoming season is important, but don’t miss out on all the great things that falls brings. Take a drive in the country to see the leaves. Hike at your nearest state park. Go get that pumpkin spice drink. There are so many good things to do in the fall. Don’t miss it!
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