10 Steps to Prepare your Home for Fall

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Coldwell Banker: 10 Steps to Prepare your Home for Fall

Although it doesn't feel like it, Fall is just around the corner. What better time to start prepping your home for the weather to come? We've gathered the most essential Fall home maintenance tasks to prepare you and your home for this next season.

  1. Purchase a Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat is worth the investment, especially after the weather cools. 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 your phone.

  1. Fertilize your Lawn

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.

  1. Reverse your Ceiling Fan

Winter air rises to the ceiling fan while cool air stays close to the ground. By flipping a switch and reversing your ceiling fan, cool air is forced up, and warmer air is pushed down.

  1. Clean the Gutters

If rain gutters are blocked, they can overflow, which can cause water damage to your home, including the foundation and basement. Take out your ladder and remove any leaves, branches, or debris from the gutter.

  1. Plant Bulbs for Spring-Blooming Flowers

There are several beautiful 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.

  1. Clean the Fireplace and Chimney

Before you fire up the fireplace, this WintWinterke is 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.

  1. 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 ensure they are working correctly.

  1. 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 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.

  1. Check Windows & Doors for Leaks

As the year comes to a close, the weather will get colder. If your windows are not sealed properly, your home could lose lots of heat, causing gas and heating bills to spike! Check for leaks now and have a worry-free winter.

  1. Organize the Garage

With the hustle and bustle of the summer, the garage most likely could use some tidying up. Install some shelving or add some hooks to keep your garage more organized year-round. Also, why not pull out your Fall decorations while at it?

Credit: 10 Steps to Prepare your Home for Fall (lilliancustomhomes.com)

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