Cool nights. Beautiful foliage. The return of football and pumpkin lattes. Fall is a great time to be outdoors and the perfect season to make improvements to one of your greatest assets-- your home!
Here are some easy outdoor projects you can complete this fall to help you save money and prepare your home for the winter ahead:
- Check your roof. Harsh winters can do a number on a roof. Try to do a visual inspection to look for damage. If you notice missing shingles or leaks, have a professional repair or seal them.
- Clean your gutters. Your gutters play an important role in keeping water from getting into your home. Be sure to remove excess debris from them, such as leaves and branches.
- Seal air leaks. Air leaks can result in the loss of heat and energy — and ultimately, higher heating costs. Be sure to inspect common areas such as your attic and windows, and seal any leaks you find.
- Have your furnace inspected. A professional can ensure your furnace is operating at maximum efficiency and that it will be ready for the cold winter ahead.
- Clean your fireplace. If you frequently use your fireplace, be sure to have a professional clean and inspect it every year.
- Winterize your grill. Use a wire brush to clean the grates, remove and store the propane tank in a dry location and cover the grill. A little bit of maintenance now can extend the life of your grill.
- Repair cracks in your driveway or walkways. Cold temperatures and moisture can cause cracks to spread so it's important to seal them to prevent further damage.
- Winterize sprinklers. If you have a sprinkler system, be sure to have a professional winterize the lines to avoid freezing and bursting.
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