Fall Maintenance Checklist
Order firewood: Whether you use a wood stove for actual warmth or for coziness, having a supply on hand will keep you toasty through the fall/winter. Just remember not to store
large quantities of wood directly against the house which can encourage pests. Also remember to protect it from rain. Always remember NOT to burn wood on a “spare the air day”.
Check safety devices: Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace batteries as needed. It’s a good time to also check the expiration date on your fire extinguisher
and replace if needed. (Don’t forget to turn your clocks back an hour before going to bed on Saturday, November 5).
Set up or upgrade kids’ schoolwork area: Give your kidos an area to do their homework that is comfortable, attractive, and well-organized. Provide a large surface area for spreading out big
or messy projects other than using the dining room table, if possible. Keep the necessary supplies close at hand.
Add weatherstripping: Newer double-pane windows may not need weatherstripping, but it can help most older windows retain heat and stop drafts. Check previously applied weatherstripping and remove
or replace as needed.
Freshen up you fall wardrobe: If you purchased new clothes recently, take some time to sort through the rest of your clothing items and remove pieces you no longer need. Gather clothes that need
repair and move summer clothes to an out-of-the-way location so your fall wardrobe is front and center. Polish shoes and boots and cleanout handbags and totes. Donate unused clothing items to your favorite charity.
Inspect the roof and gutters: Wait until most all the leaves have fallen to clean gutters and downspouts. Pull out sticks/twigs and other debris blocking the gutters and look for worn-out seals around vent
pipes and the chimney. If you are not comfortable on a ladder, hire someone for a quick inspection. Schedule any necessary repairs now before winter arrives.
Schedule chimney and furnace maintenance: Make sure your fireplace and heating system are clean, safe, and ready for the colder weather by hiring a professional now. Having your chimney cleaned will ensure
that there are no critters inside before you use your fireplace. If you don’t have a chimney cap, speak with a chimney sweep company about adding one. The metal cap with screened sides can prevent critters
from getting in and helps protect your roof from hot embers.
Maintain the washer and dryer: Have your dryer vent cleaned to prevent a fire. Also check the washing machine hoses for any cracks which can lead to a serious leak and replace as needed.
Consider improving your homes insulation: The best way to save on your energy bills is to add insulation to your attic. It can make a big difference in how well your home retains heat in the winter
and stays cool in the summer months.
Lawn and tree care: Get greener and thicker grass next season by aerating and fertilizing your lawn before winter arrives. Prune dead branches to prevent them from falling during storms and to promote
growth in the spring.
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