FALL!  My favorite time of year!  The air gets cool and crisp, the leaves turn beautiful shades of reds, purples, and golds.  Simmering crock pots fill your home with comfort, and Football is ready to be played!  Summer is a great time to be out on the go, but now, you realize your home needs a little TLC!  No worries, here’s a quick list to get you started;

  1. Pressure wash your exterior and sidewalks
  2. Inspect your roof (professionals recommend twice a year) and inspect for bubbled shingles, moss build up, etc.
  3. Clean out your gutters.
  4. Have your furnace inspected and cleaned by a HVAC professional.
  5. Spruce up your landscape.  Prune shrubs and bushes.  Make sure that all vegetation is clear from touching your home.  The less entry points for insects and rodents the better.
  6. Ready your Lawn.  Aerate and apply organic compost now to make your lawn healthy in the Spring.
  7. Tend to your garden.  Many crops are happy and successful in cool weather.  Research your area to find out what plants and vegetables are ready to be planted.  If you don’t want to continue your garden, till and plant a crop cover.  When spring comes, you can till those into the soil and have a happy garden in the spring.  A little work now, makes Springtime less of a chore.
  8. Renovate your deck.  Apply a fresh coat of paint, put out some colorful planters of cold weather plants or vegetables. 
  9. Upgrade your patio furniture.  If you can’t afford new, simplly clean and paint the existing furniture.  Add some outdoor pillows for a pop of color and you”ll have a great space!
  10. Check your home for air leaks.  Inspect the doors and windows.  Install new weather-stripping where needed. This is the cheapest way to save energy, and money, for the cold winter months that follow.