That’s right folks! Fall is around the corner. Wait, did I hear a sigh? Yes, I know everyone loves summer. But what is there not to love about fall? The leaves changing are absolutely breathtaking. And who doesn’t love hoodie and bonfire season? I know I do! But preparing my home for fall is not something that I care for. But I know in the long run it will save me tons of money!
So, below you will find 7 easy and useful steps for preparing your home for that cooler weather.
You want to fertilize your lawn.
According to the experts fertilizing your lawn in the fall with help make it that wonderful green everyone love to see in the spring. Covering your lawn with fertilizer will the new growth of the both the grass blades and roots. This will make your thick and healthy again before those freezing temperatures set in.
Get your HVAC serviced.Your AC has been working faithfully all summer long. Now its time to give it a much-needed rest. Before tucking it in for the winter, be sure you clean the coils. It is best to cover it if you are not using it to keep it out of harm’s way from debris and ice. Then you are going to want to move indoors to your thermostat. Here we will change it from AC to heat. Make sure you change the air return filter as well. You should also make sure all your indoor vents are uncovered. (You may smell a burning smell. But no worries. That is just the heater warming up from a long summer off).
Clean your gutters (we got you covered).Clogged gutters will channel water down the side of your home where it eventually damages the foundation and can flood your basement. So, get a ladder and pull debris out of the gutters by hand. If you have a one-story house, you can use this leaf-blower attachment to blast the stuff. Still too much work? Hire Squeegee Pros to get those gutters cleaned —-it’s totally worth it. (You can also inquire about ProGuard, our patented gutter guard protection product that comes worth a lifetime guarantee!.)
Drain and store your lawn equipment.Over time, unused fuel goes through a chemical change that create deposits and will destroy your lawn equipment. So after that last mow of the season, drain the tanks of your lawn mower, leaf blower, and weed eater before storing them. Fall is also an excellent time to get your lawn mower blade sharpened so it will be ready for that first cut of the spring!
Turn off and drain outdoor faucets and sprinklers.Outdoor hoses and pipes will burst if they’re full of water when the temperatures plunge below freezing. While replacing a garden hose isn’t that difficult, it’s incredibly expensive to dig up your lawn’s sprinkler system to deal with burst pipes. So, disconnect your outdoor hoses and turn off the outdoor water supply. Open outdoor faucets and run your sprinkler system to drain any remaining water.
Inspect and clean your chimney.Lighting and smelling the first fire of the season is also one of my favorite things about this time of the year. Nothing is charming about filling your home with soot, smoke, and carbon monoxide because your chimney isn’t working correctly. Even gas fireplaces need an inspection to ensure the pipe is free of cracks that can allow smoke to enter your home. This job is best left to pros. The cost runs around $100-200 but in the end will save you thousands of $$.
Get your ice melt and snow blowers ready!By the time winter arrives, it’s often too late to find snow gear. Stock up on such things in autumn when they’re plentiful and lower-priced. Even if you think you’ve got enough left from last year, or that your snow blower or shovel are in good shape, take a few moments to check. You don’t want to get caught out in the cold finding out you’re wrong.
Don’t forget! National Pressure Washing day is August 23!
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