In just a few days, fall officially arrives. With that, I want to make sure that your home is ready for the season. So, before you cozy up with your favourite blanket, and a great book in front of your crackling fireplace, there is work to be done! Then, I promise, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful autumn season. Plus, you’ll be able to sleep much better once you’ve crossed these items off of your fall checklist.
Clear Your Gutters
The leaves are changing and, as beautiful as they are, they can also wreak havoc on your gutters. When leaves and other debris fill your gutters, this prevents proper drainage, which can lead to a giant headache. To avoid this, remove buildup and then flush your gutters with water to make sure the water is flowing appropriately.
Check Your Detectors
Don’t wait until the middle of the night for the infamous chirping of your smoke detector, or carbon monoxide detector. Since you will be running the furnace frequently, this is the perfect time to make sure both are working properly, and that they have new batteries.
Change Your Furnace Filter
We know that frigid temperatures are in our future. One of the easiest ways to keep your furnace running smoothly during the cold months is to change out your furnace filter. The last thing you want is to feel the chill inside!
Inspect Your Fireplace
Do you have a working chimney in your home? If so, fall is the perfect time to have it inspected. You want to make sure those lovely evenings by the fire aren’t interrupted. Creosote can build up along the walls, which can lead to a fire. Therefore, a chimney inspection will let you know if it’s working properly, or if a cleaning is required. Not only will this reduce the potential of a fire, it also helps to reduce allergens that collect throughout the year.
Winterize Your Lawn
You will want to give your lawn one last dose of TLC so that it can spring back in April. Get out those rakes, and pick up all of the leaves. Make one last cut, taking your grass down to about two inches. You may also want to consider aerating your lawn once more before the snow falls.
Flush Your Hoses
This seems obvious, but it’s Important to make sure that you properly store your hoses during the winter. Make sure to drain all of the excess water to ensure they don’t freeze. Tuck them into your garage or shed, and they will be ready and waiting for you when the warm weather returns. You’ll also want to turn off outside faucets or in-ground irrigation systems.
Get Ready For Snow
I know! The last thing we want to think about is that white stuff. But, trust me, you’ll be glad you did when temperatures plummet. Fire up your snow blower to make sure it’s ready to roll, ensure your shovels are easily accessible, and that your snow-brushes are tucked in the trunk or hatch of your vehicle.
Cooler temperatures often mean more time spent at home, which is something I love about this season! What do you love most about fall? Let’s chat!