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Preparing For Fall

Before we know it the autumn breezes will start rolling in, greeting us with the start of Fall! We’ll soon be trading in swimsuits for cozy sweaters. What better time to start prepping your home for the weather to come? We've gathered the most important Fall home maintenance tasks to get you and your home ready for this next season.

1. Purchase a Programmable Thermostat

Having a programmable thermostat is completely worth the investment, especially once the weather cools down. 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!

2. Fertilize your Lawn

Applying fall lawn fertilizer will help prevent winter damage and spring weeds. Determine what kind of fertilizer you need based on the kind of grass that you have.

3. Reverse your Ceiling Fan

During winter, warm air rises up to the ceiling fan while cool air will stay close to the ground. By flipping a switch and reversing your ceiling fan, cool air is forced up, and warmer air is pushed down.

4. Clean the Gutters

If rain gutters are blocked they can overflow which can cause water damage to your home (including the foundation and basement.) Get ahead of it and clear out any leaves, branches, or debris from the gutter.

5. Clean the Fireplace and Chimney

Before you fire up the fireplace this Winter, make 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.

6. 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 properly.

7. Check Windows & Doors for Leaks

If your windows are not sealed properly, your home could lose lots of heat, causing your gas and heating bills to spike! Check for leaks now and have a worry-free Fall/winter.

8. Organize the Garage

With the hustle and bustle of the summer, the garage could likely use some tidying up. Install some shelving or add some hooks to keep your garage more organized year-round. You’ll be pulling out the fall decorations anyway ;)

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