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FALL CHECKLIST

10 WAYS TO GET YOUR HOME READY FOR WINTER

Clean, or replace, your gutters

Having clogged gutters during rainstorms can cause damage your roof, siding or foundation and checking them in the fall means you are ready when the rain comes in the early spring.

Drain your outdoor faucets

Disconnect and drain your garden hoses from spigots to keep water freezing, and potentially affecting your pipes. The same goes for a sprinkler system, make sure that gets drained as well.

Seal holes in the exterior

Mice only need a tiny hole to get into your home and critters are looking for a warm place to hide. Fill small holes and cover larger spaces with heavy-duty hardware cloth. Also, be sure to check for any other repairs that should be made before winter sets in.

Fix any cracks in your driveway

Water freezes and expands when it gets into cracks, which can make them bigger and eventually create potholes. So consider taking the time to fill any cracks with concrete sealer.

Rake your leaves

Spring growth can be inhibited when there are too many leaves left on a lawn. Use a lightweight rake and remember to wear gloves to protect your hands.

Fertilize & Seed your lawn

Fertilizing in the fall will help prevent damage and help the grass turn green faster in the spring. Also consider spreading new seed which will also help keep weeds away.

Test winter equipment

Make sure your snow blower works and you have fuel. Scheduling chimney cleaning and heating system maintenance are also important safety precautions.

Put outdoor furniture away

Outdoor furniture isn’t cheap. Protect your investment from the elements by bringing it in or covering it for the winter.

Reverse Your Ceiling Fans

If your ceiling fan has a reverse switch, use it to run the fan’s blades in a clockwise direction at a low speed. Your fan will create an updraft that pushes the heated air downward.

Change your Air filters

When filters are clogged your home needs to work double time to keep your home warm. Consider setting a calendar reminder to change them every 90 days.