As the fall foliage starts bloom and daylight savings approaches, it’s time to prepare your home for the cooler weather ahead. Taking these steps prior to winter can save you time and money in long run.
Stock up on the essentials
Pick up soup, hot chocolate, cold medicine and holiday-scented diffusers to avoid last minute grocery store runs when you need them.
Clean the fireplace and chimney
From checking the flue to performing a quick sweep, now is the time to show some love to your fireplace and chimney. If you have a wood-burning fireplace, it’s a good idea to keep firewood on hand as well.
Check your HVAC Unit
Before the cold winter weather arrives, turn on your heating system to be sure everything is up and running. You may notice a slight burning smell as the coils begin to heat up. If you notice a problem, please schedule a service request online.
Clean your gutters
Arguably one of the most dreaded but necessary chores, cleaning your gutters now can prevent a larger problem down the road. Be sure to use a sturdy ladder and ask a helper to spot you.
Fertilize your lawn and garden
Make sure you aerate, fertilize and mow the lawn before the first freeze of the season. Doing so will help your grass come in healthier and thicker in the spring.
Check your windows
Perform a quick check of windows and doors to ensure there aren’t cracks. If necessary, consider picking up a door draft blocker or schedule a service request online.
Perform a safety check
Replace batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon dioxide monitors, and change out air filters. Be sure to also have an emergency preparedness kit in case of a power outage.
Create a mudroom
Design a DIY mudroom area, complete with an indoor/outdoor rug, coat rack and shoe rack so you can trap mud and snow before it makes its way on your floors.
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