This weekend marks one of my favorite weekends of the 52 we are blessed to experience each year. What’s so special about it? The season is shifting – see ya, summer heat! I smell wool sweaters, cocoa, and boots.
Don’t let the season sneak up on you without being prepared! We have some tips to keep your home healthy for the season shift.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
- Furniture – clean it off, hose it down and pack it away well before winter to keep the elements from eating away your seating!
- Lawn prep – this is the best time of the year to fertilize your lawn. Similar to you getting a flu shot to protect yourself from season ailments, your lawn, too, will benefit from proactive care. Fertilizing now allows your lawn to come back healthier and fuller in the spring. If you need help, these are our preferred lawn care specialists, look for their yellow shirts!
- Gutter care – your leaves will start to shed their leaves in the coming weeks. It’s important to keep your gutters free of blockages caused by leaf buildups. Indoor water damage is often caused by clogged gutters not allowing water to escape the drainpipes. Once complete, grab the hose and douse your gutter, you’re looking to make sure the water exits the end of the drain pipe. If so, you’re good! If not, keep cleaning.
- AC unit – cover it up! There are several AC covers you can purchase to help keep leaves and twigs out.
- Chimney – what’s up there? You should get it cleaned and checked for damage before firing it up.
AND ONCE YOU ARE INSIDE…
- Coat closets and entry racks – they are a must during the upcoming seasons! As the weather chills, layers pile on. Avoid having the kids throw their pieces in the common area by giving them a convenient place to drop these things off. Having a home for these items will keep sanity and cleanliness in your entryway
- Paint your walls – why should you do this now? If you paint in the winter, your house will be filled with paint fumes while you can’t open the windows… that’s awful! Get those touch-ups taken care of before the weather puts a halt in your plans.
- Furnace, humidifiers, and vents – have them cleaned (and/or replaced). It will maximize efficiency and minimize bills while maintaining a healthy home. If you need help we recommend this HVAC company and this cleaning and restoration company.
- Pack up – your summer shorts and tank tops won’t be necessary for the next six months. Start sorting through and storing your unnecessary wardrobe.
- Dryer exhaust tube – these often get clogged with lint and are a leading cause for house fires. If you need help with this process, we recommend this handy appliance repair company.
- Flip your mattress – it’s just time.
Let us know if we missed any of your go-to fall tips!